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Kitchens of Napier Street apartments by Freadman White

Freadman White completes Napier Street apartments in Melbourne

Architecture practice Freadman White has created an apartment block in Melbourne's Fitzroy neighbourhood, finishing its interiors with gleaming brass accents.

The Napier Street apartments were designed by Freadman White for property developers Milieu. It is situated directly beside Whitlam Place, another residential block designed by the practice.

Exterior of Napier Street apartments by Freadman White
The Napier Street apartment block has a simple off-white facade

Whilst Whitlam Place has a green-hued exterior clad with corrugated panels of oxidised copper, Napier Street features a plain off-white facade punctuated by wide windows.

Freadman White says the building's pared-back aesthetic draws inspiration from Heide II – a modernist Melbourne home designed in 1963 by Australian architects David McGlashan and Neil Everist, which has masonry walls and expansive panels of glazing.

Living rooms of Napier Street apartments by Freadman White
Rooms feature concrete ceilings and oak floors

An equally refined material palette has been applied throughout the interiors of Napier Street's 14 apartment units. Each home boasts oak flooring and exposed concrete ceilings, which rise up to 2.9 metres in height.

Kitchens have been finished with wooden cabinetry, white-tile splashbacks and countertops crafted from pale Elba stone.

Kitchens of Napier Street apartments by Freadman White
Brass shelving and door handles have been incorporated throughout

There are some decadent touches in the apartments – for example, some of the bedrooms are closed off by glossy, full-height black doors.

Golden-hued brass has also been used to create door handles, shelves and vanity units inside the bathrooms, which are otherwise lined with grey terrazzo tiles.

Bedrooms of Napier Street apartments by Freadman White
Glossy black doors conceal the apartments' bedrooms

Elements in the apartment block's communal areas such as the front gate and mailboxes are also made out of brass.

"Napier Street is a symphony of robust materiality displaying organic, muted beauty carried from the exterior through to the interior experience," concluded the practice, which is led by Ilana Freadman and Michael White.

Bathrooms of Napier Street apartments by Freadman White
More brass detailing appears in the terrazzo-lined bathrooms

Freadman White's Napier Street and Whitlam Place projects both made it to the longlist of this year's Dezeen Awards. The practice has previously renovated a 1930s home in Melbourne's Elsternwick neighbourhood to include an angular grey-brick extension.

Photography is by Gavin Green.

Project credits:

Client: Milieu Property
Builder: Atelier Projects
Styling: Hub Furniture