Location: Armadale, Victoria, Australia
Completion Date: August 2022
In August 2022, Carr completed work on 835 High Street in Armadale, a suburb of Melbourne. The medium-density residential project is located on Armadale’s busiest boulevard, known for its slew of luxury retail shops, gallery spaces, and cafes. At nearly 100,000 square feet, (9,278 square meters) the building consists of six stories and 26 units, including one penthouse. Retail space and parking are located on the ground floor.
835 High Street’s facade is characterized by a stepped grid concrete form that accommodates landscaped balconies while also meeting drainage requirements. The setbacks are located along the north and south faces of the building, while furrowed concrete panels shield the east and west portion. By leaving the structural concrete components bare, the design team expedited the construction of the project and reduced costs.
The facade’s subdued color palette arises from exclusive use of concrete and large spans of glazing. The project’s only color emerges from balcony planters, which intentionally spill over onto the facade of the building. Units feature large windows, framed by the columns of the concrete grid, which offer views of the surrounding neighborhood with Melbourne’s skyline in the distance.