Domain Road Apartments

South Yarra, Melbourne

The rectilinear volume sits atop a foliage-covered plinth, conceived as a reinterpretation of the surrounding fences overgrown with greenery, and forming a direct visual relationship with the neighbouring Royal Botanic Gardens. This clear, simple building form is punctuated by a rhythmic pattern of windows and openings across the facade. Like a remnant of another building, the concrete mass that dominates the rear of the building is gradually peeled back as the façade progresses toward the main street. Variation in the width and regularity of the openings created by this subtraction controls the level of privacy to the spaces within and simultaneously creates a finer grain of detail. The varying depth of these elements also animates the façade as shadows move through and across the form throughout the day.


The glazing to the middle of the western façade is pulled back across the second and third levels to create a semi-enclosed terrace, allowing glimpses through the building to the sky. Garden beds run along the edge of the terraces permitting foliage to spill out through openings in the façade – a green element that further strengthens the relationship to the Botanic Gardens and provides greater privacy to the living spaces beyond.

  • Australian Institute of Architects - Domain Road Apartments
  • Australian Institute of Architects - Domain Road Apartments

Domain Road Apartments

A clear, simple building form punctuated by a rhythmic pattern of openings