Mim Design and Conrad Architects tap into the grandeur of Melbourne’s Armadale through contemporary form and a consistently tonal palette.

Melbourne-based designers Mim Design and Conrad Architects joined forces to capture sophisticated living on a leafy, tree-lined side street in Armadale. Conrad Architects set out to pay respects to the traditional streetscape and period architecture Armadale is known for through a modern take on classic architecture. Inside, Mim Design’s interiors tap into a shared appreciation for restraint and craftsmanship through rich materiality and bespoke details. 

The Armadale Residence comprises two homes side-by-side, fronted with limestone colonnades and vertical openings with bronze French doors. The simple, symmetrical exterior is finished with balustrades, planter boxes and louvred screens for complete flexibility with privacy and shading. In the leadup to the solid timber front door, a manicured garden path by the team at Paul Bangay Garden Design sets the tone for the level of understated elegance that permeates the home’s three storeys.

The outdoor path takes you to a formal corridor indoors and beyond, to the kitchen and living area. Inside, the front half of the home is reserved for the three bedrooms, including the extensive master bedroom, ensuite and his and her walk-in robes, while the rear of the home contains the entertaining and dining zone. A curvaceous spiral staircase at the centre of the home signifies the shift between private and public spaces, leading down into the large garage and up into a private courtyard overlooking the street. 

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The spiral staircase at the centre of the home leads down into the large garage and up into a private courtyard overlooking the street.

Echoing the award-winning kitchen in the NNH Residence, Mim Design’s signature palette of grey stone and timber is prominent in the kitchen, with Versilia Marble benchtops, chocolate cabinetry and fluted glass steel doors. Gunmetal tapware, oversized light fixtures, Wolf cooking appliances, and Sub-Zero refrigeration reaffirm the studio’s appreciation for detail. 

The iconic De Sede DS-600 sofa in olive leather is the centrepiece of the living room – its sweeping form reminiscent of the plastered spiral spine of the staircase. Full height windows with recessed bulkheads offer framed vistas to the outdoors, inviting the lush greenery to form part of the minimal interiors.

Equal consideration has been given to the personal spaces by carving out moments of calm through colour. The home office hones a warm and cosy palette of varying shades of timber, evoking a sophisticated atmosphere. The master suite takes on a lighter persona, dabbling in creamy caramel and neutral hues that connect with the limestone exterior. 

Through precise details and finishes and a balance of light and shade, Mim Design and Conrad Architects’ collaboration is befitting to its Armadale postcode. 

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The exterior is clad in louvred screens for complete flexibility with privacy and shading.

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