Apartment Aria – Julia English Architects and McGregor Westlake Architects

With front row views of Sydney’s harbour, it may come as a surprise that Aria’s interiors were inspired by Dorothy Napangardi paintings rather than the postcard vistas of the city. With the dwelling designed to best showcase the artworks, the ‘dark core’ – an exquisite line of dark-coloured joinery – was created both as a backdrop for the paintings and an overarching organisational plan for the interior.

In order to maintain the continuous appeal of the joinery line from the lobby all the way to the master bedroom, it was crucial for the appliances to be carefully concealed by the veneer panels – or incorporated in a way that would be unobtrusive to the flow of the dark wall. That’s precisely why Gaggenau appliances were selected. The signature induction cooktop with a flush fit, and wall-mounted ovens with a warming drawer in deep anthracite finish enabled the project team to realise their vision by offering an incredible precision of design detailing, while the dark finish fits in perfectly with the desired, dark colour palette.

The result is a cohesive, incredibly detailed and refined kitchen space that offers an incredibly unique design solution, and a robust functionality for any avid entertainer and cook.