Sometimes living in an apartment feels like a compromise, but not the Walsh Street, South Yarra project. b.e architecture worked with their client to design a house that’s made up of two apartments where each one looks and feels just like a single residence. And looking at the finished photos, you’d never know it was two properties in one as it looks like a single family home.

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The street is one of the most sought after in Melbourne with the size and scale of the units feeling like single residences. There are two owners per unit, with each apartment covering one floor. You can spot the different apartments by the use of contrasting materials on the exterior – the top is white and monolithic, while the bottom is dark and textural.

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Privacy was key when designing the apartments so you can avoid seeing your neighbors all the time if you don’t want to.

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The entrance might be shared but it feels large and grand.

An Apartment that Looks and Feels Like Living in a House in main architecture  Category

The rooms are large and open, giving the feeling that you’re living in luxury housing and not your run-of-the-mill apartment.

An Apartment that Looks and Feels Like Living in a House in main architecture  Category

An Apartment that Looks and Feels Like Living in a House in main architecture  Category

An Apartment that Looks and Feels Like Living in a House in main architecture  Category

Each residence gets a large outdoor space that feels totally private – the downstairs comes with a recessed terrace and the upstairs has a deep set cut out patio.

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Custom details were incorporated throughout with tactile materials like wood and stone.

An Apartment that Looks and Feels Like Living in a House in main architecture  Category

An Apartment that Looks and Feels Like Living in a House in main architecture  Category

An Apartment that Looks and Feels Like Living in a House in main architecture  Category

An Apartment that Looks and Feels Like Living in a House in main architecture  Category

An Apartment that Looks and Feels Like Living in a House in main architecture  Category

An Apartment that Looks and Feels Like Living in a House in main architecture  Category

An Apartment that Looks and Feels Like Living in a House in main architecture  Category

An Apartment that Looks and Feels Like Living in a House in main architecture  Category