Inside Hawthorn’s new Scandinavian-inspired apartments

It’s always exciting to see inside a brand new architecture-designed build, and today’s feature not only sold out within three weeks, but has won multiple awards.

With ANGLE, ICD Property and Buxton Group behind the development, and Stokes Architects and Studio You Me leading the design, the sell-out Maple apartments here in Melbourne struck a chord with millennials, thanks to their minimalistic and Scandinavian-inspired design.

Taking its name from the maple tree on level three, the vision of Maple apartments was to appeal to owner-occupiers looking to move closer to the city and to the bustling – and leafy – suburb of Hawthorn, more specifically a younger, design-savvy market in mind.

Based on the idea of diversity, the design of the interiors and the building’s exterior was kept simple – an approach that would allow residents to tailor and mould their home to correlate with their individual needs, tastes and desires.

We can see this approach through the clean design, featuring a lot of open spaces, wide engineered timber boards, concrete ceilings and statement joinery, which have set the scene for a very stylish “blank canvas” to be added to by those who will call the apartments home.

Stokes Architects combined anodised bronze aluminium, black steel and terracotta to complement the extensive use of concrete and glass, and to add visual richness, warmth and texture to the streetscape.

As Director of Stokes Architects Simon Stokes explains:

Individuality in design is so important, particularly for larger developments. We filled spaces with a variety of colours, textures, shapes and tones, the building was kept both conservative and interesting.

Ever since its completion, the project has been recognised for its premium design quality, recently taking home the award for Best Apartment/Mixed-use Development at the 2018 Boroondara Urban Design Awards.

Maple also won an accolade at the 2015 REIV Awards for Excellence, as well as being recognised as a finalist at the 2016 Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards and the UDIA Awards for Excellence.

Quite a coup right?! Well, let’s take a look inside!

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