It’s a new housing style planned for Preston: an edgy apartment block offering a contemporary look with a nod to the suburb’s industrial past.
Due North, by Kincaid Projects, is destined to be a standout on the High St.
DKO Architecture, whose principal architect Jesse Linardi grew up just a few hundred metres away from the block, designed the building, which will have 98 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, including Preston’s very first penthouse (complete with CBD views).
Wendy Bergman, of Bergman & Co, was tasked with the job of designing the interiors and was inspired by the external look of the building, due to be completed in early 2021.
“For us, there needs to be harmony and a transition from the external to the internal,” she said. “We can see that there is a strong, clean, industrial element to this building and so we pulled that into the internals.”
Below, Ms Bergman shares details of what she has chosen for the modern interior scheme.
1. Terrazzo tiles
Popular in the 1950s, terrazzo tiles have had a resurgence. For Ms Bergman, the choice was easy as terrazzo is not only durable but luxurious and classic.
She has used it on the floors in the bathroom.
“It really is a timeless material and it offers a beautiful detail to the floor in what is a very clean and simple bathroom,” she explained. “It makes the space feel like something special.”
2. Floating vanity and open shower
To free up floor space and maintain a sense of simplicity, Ms Bergman opted for a floating vanity and open-style shower in the bathroom.
“The bathroom is functional and easy to clean and the vanity and shower really limit the sense of confinement,” she said.
3. Bathroom mirror
Another bathroom feature is the mirrored wall cabinet, which offers storage in the form of shelves without taking up much space.
Ms Bergman explained that in an apartment, storage was often at a premium so it was prudent to add it wherever possible without taking away from the aesthetic.
4. Bedroom carpets
There is something special about sinking your feet into plush, soft carpet when hopping out of bed, which is exactly the sensation Ms Bergman wanted to offer apartment dwellers.
The warm-grey wool carpets provide a feeling of comfort and luxury.
“The bedroom is traditionally a nurturing space where we unwind and rejuvenate and you want to get that right,” she said. “It is nice to get out of bed and have your feet touch something soft, especially in winter.”
5. Black cabinets
While she could have chosen white for the cabinets in the bedroom and kitchen, Ms Bergman went for black because of its dark, dramatic appeal.
Playing with the tone in the bedroom, she chose gloss for the base cabinetry and matt for the overheads.
“It is a simple detail but really effective,” she said.
Instead of having handles, the cabinet doors have a little hole routed out, meaning the cabinets are simple and less likely to date.
“The cabinets have a tailored look about them that makes the buyer feel like the cabinets are special and not something reproduced over and over.”
6. Porcelain bench and splashback
Porcelain was chosen for the kitchen bench and splashback for both practical and aesthetic reasons.
Incredibly durable, this man-made product looks like a beautiful piece of stone but can withstand whatever a kitchen throws at it.
“You can cut on it, and it is not going to stain from wine or citrus,” Ms Bergman said, adding the beautiful detail in the pattern ensured the porcelain was a standout kitchen feature.
7. Oak floors
The floors are simple, warm-looking and classic.
The light shade of oak opens up the room, whereas a dark colour would have made the space feel too confined, Ms Bergman explained.
She also took into consideration that many future apartment owners would move in with their own style of furniture, and an oak floor would complement almost any piece.
“Whatever else people want to bring into the home, there won’t be a clash because it is a classic neutral palette,” she said.