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Getting to know IDEA 2022 Residential Multi winner Carr

Getting to know IDEA 2022 Residential Multi winner Carr


On a beautiful and sunny Thursday 24 November, we announced the winners of IDEA 2022 at The Timber Yard in Melbourne.

On this occasion, more than 500 of the best Australian designers and architects were reunited to celebrate the most creative projects, practices and studios of the year.

Joining us was Melbourne multidisciplinary studio Carr. As the winner of the Residential Multi award, Carr was commended for its work on Heyington.

Heyington is designed with consideration to context, form, materiality and thoughtful landscaping. Sitting comfortably over four levels, the scale references Toorak’s Heritage streetscape, while not shying away from standing strong. The 12 finely crafted and generously-sized residences prove that apartment living is not about sacrifice, but rather elevated living.

Sponsored by Laufen, the Residential Multi category relates exclusively to designs for multi-unit residential complexes.

Much like the Residential Single category, spatial planning and programming, and their relationship to the ‘look and feel’ of the design are critical. Importantly though, the design is considered with regard to the structures of multi-unit, template-based design.

In this respect, attention is paid to the qualities of modularity and economy of construction and how the design contributes to the rationing and exploitation of space and the provision of amenities. Absolutely essential is an understanding of how the design reflects its target market demographic. Considerations include brief, concept, spatial acumen, parameters, decoration, lighting, sustainability, innovation and originality of design outcome.

Today, Carr associate Bianca Dignan chats with ADR about Heyington and what’s in store for the studio.

Carr associate Bianca Dignan. Photo: Gavin Green. 

ADR: What did it mean for Carr to win the Residential Multi award for IDEA 2022?

Bianca Dignan: The whole team are thrilled to have Heyington’s interior design recognised by IDEA. It’s a true testament to the skill of our team, the vision of our clients, Sterling Global and the execution of the builder’s Visioneer. 

It also signifies the evolved market demand, demonstrating the increasing calibre of multi-residential interior design and the desire for high-quality, inner-city apartment living, a sector we’re focused on contributing to.

Heyington by Carr.

Tell us about your winning project Heyington. What was its inspiration and how did you achieve it?

BD: From the outset, Heyington set out to offer the best of both worlds – generously sized apartments in the sought-after suburb of Toorak. Design components that achieve the house-like feeling of each residence include floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious kitchens and sculleries, generous terraces, gas fireplaces, secondary living spaces and wide gallery-style corridors with wide internal pivot doors. The result proves that apartment living is not about sacrifice, but rather elevated living.

The interior design looked to be an extension of the architectural language. In keeping with this, the interior palette was inspired by selecting materials true to their natural form. This was achieved by continuing the use of natural stone and timbers throughout to ensure a cohesive experience, along with authenticity, longevity and timelessness.

How would you describe the past year? What stood out to you?

BD: The last year has seen a real desire to move forward despite all the challenges we’ve encountered as an industry and economy. It speaks to the resilience of the human spirit and a genuine belief in the value of enduring design.

Quality has always underpinned our approach at Carr and an appreciation for this has been a driving force in the industry this year.

Heyington project team receiving the award for Residential Multi at the IDEA gala.

What’s next? Can you share any upcoming or current projects Carr is working on?

BD: Next year is set to be just as busy and exciting for our architectural and interior design teams. Our core sectors – residential, commercial workplace and hospitality – have a great mixture of new and completing work.

Como Terraces is a project currently on site, also with Sterling Global, that we are incredibly excited to see progress on site in early 2023. The signature development is a new and distinctive residential offering defined by fine craftsmanship in a unique riverside location in South Yarra.

The much-anticipated completion of our city-fringe commercial projects in 2023 includes Bruce St in Kensington and Rokeby St in Collingwood. Further afield and interstate we are both commencing work on regional hotel projects and completing workplace interior projects, such as MinterEllison in Adelaide.

In addition, we are also starting work on a selection of CBD workplaces and third spaces that we look forward to sharing more on in the new year.

How do you plan to wrap up the end of the year? Any plans to travel, celebrate, reflect or relax?

BD: It has been a busy year. The Christmas break is always a great time for our industry to unwind and relax with family and friends.

I don’t have any specific plans for these holidays, however, I am looking forward to a few beach days, a touch of fishing and some general R & R.

All photography by Timothy Kaye unless otherwise stated.

Check out all the winners of this years’ IDEA Gala.


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