Australia 108 is a cloud-breaking skyscraper that is set to be the tallest residential tower in the southern hemisphere. With 1105 apartments, it required a material palette that could endure high foot traffic and frequent touching, while looking luxurious and beautiful now and into the future. To achieve this Carr Design Group looked to Pelle Leathers’ Spectrum range to line the lift lobby of the sky-high tower.
Designed by Fender Katsalidis Architect, Australia 108 is located in Melbourne’s Southbank precinct and rises 319 metres into the sky, with the upper levels soaring above the clouds. The apartments are configured across 100 floors and resident facilities include dining and function spaces, theatrettes, gymnasiums, pools, spas and a barbeque terrace. There are spectacular panoramic views across Melbourne, but the views inside are undoubtedly just as beautiful.
Carr Design Group collaborated with Fender Katsalidis Architects to create a cohesive interior throughout Australia 108, including the lift lobby, lift corridors and Sky Lobby, as well as designing the apartment interiors and floor plans. Wanting to create a luxurious interior appropriate for the tallest tower, the design team used understated materiality and rich natural textures.
Carr Design Group specified Spectrum leather for the wall panels that line the lift lobby. Being a waiting and transitory area, the leather needed to withstand people touching the surface, leaning against it and bumping into it with their belongings. As a premium commercial-grade pigmented leather, Spectrum is suitable for communal spaces. It has minimal natural imperfections, is remarkably supple and easy to clean and maintain.
The rectangular wall panels are covered in colour Ghost, which add softness and tactility between each lift. The leather matches the colour of the drapery that ripples and curves around the lobby and creates an ethereal quality to suit the soaring tower.