Occupying a previous cardboard factory on the edge of a tree-lined park in Armadale, Armadale Residence is an entirely bespoke luxury house of architect Rob Mills, founder of Australian practice Rob Mills Architecture & Interiors.
Having established a notoriety over the course of two decades for their holistic way, care to detail, and layered, luxury interiors, it was only logical that Mills’ own luxury house would outline his practice’s design ethos by freely granting an unashamedly rich and all-sensory experience.
As it is a personal design project, renewing the luxury house has been stimulating. “When you design for yourself there are no frames of reference,” says Mills. “I was keen, however, to ensure that there is enough light, that the materials push a strong design ethos and, moreover, that it becomes a family home as opposed to a bachelor pad.”
“The right combination of materials used wisely and well, lays the foundation for every decorating scheme.” Rob Mills
The luxury house has been split in a way that is practical and awe-inspiring. There is a self-contained two-bedroom apartment on the ground floor, which can be lent or used for extended family, while the central living space on the first floor has expansive roof lengths of 3.4 meters.
There is a touch of luxe at play, not only in the area but in the range of elements, how they are applied and mix. The walls are rendered and velvety concrete, the stone floors are from a sixth generation quarry in Verona, a grey/white veined marble with shades of brownish-red, while the brass golden kitchen summons a sense of art rather than domesticity. The spiral staircase, a signature Rob Mills detail, sits under glazing, while the soft rendered wall covering provides the eye to slide, unlimited, to the sky up.
Door margins are deep and brass-lined, while the cocooning “winter room”, inspired by his education of the ancestral English manor house, with its timber panels and recessed windows, takes on a different role completely.
The decoration of a renovated grand piano is a counterpoint to curated furniture pieces and things, which bring a layered understanding of nature to the pared-back shell.
Photo by Mark Roper © Rob Mills Architecture & Interiors.