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Rising to the Occasion
After watching their three adult children leave home in quick succession, Melbourne couple Les and Susan Smith considered apartment living only to realise there was nothing on the market that suited their specific needs. Sick of the constant upkeep of the house and garden, they were looking for a new home that offered the same level of luxury amenity, but with none of the associated hassle. Realising many were facing the same challenge, Les Smith, a developer, was driven to create a genuine alternative to apartment living “for those of us with more discerning tastes who are thinking about embracing apartment living for the first time”.
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Leaving the Family Home

Making a decision to leave the family house in the suburbs is never easy. But when the children leave home and the owners are surrounded by manicured gardens, a pool and perhaps a tennis court, questions start to arise such as ‘Do we really need all this?’ When overseas travel comes into the picture or the beach house beckons every weekend, staying in the family abode makes less sense.

Re-booting Yesterdays Building for Todays World

With Melbourne being a ‘mecca’ for contemporary architecture, Smith would have an endless list of suitable architectural practices to convert an office building into premium residential apartments. However, keen to go well beyond the ‘cookie-cutter’ mould of producing predictable, almost identical apartments, he chose K.P.D.O. Known for their bespoke high-end residential work, as well as their hospitality projects in Melbourne, Sydney, America and Asia, both developer and architect were on the same page. “We wanted to create an experience from the moment you arrive at reception, a place that is warm and inviting,” says architect Stephen Javens, director of K.P.D.O.

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