Zip HydroTaps were part of the design specification for a new upmarket residential apartment complex in Melbourne. Apartments at this exclusive address on St Kilda Road needed to be designed to attract the top end of the buyer market. The brief for The Muse sought a design befitting the elite location – one that had never been seen before in the Melbourne market.

A few apartments within the residential development were designed to allow maximum flexibility around the planning and layout, enabling owners and occupiers to individually tailor each apartment to suit their needs. Larger than average in size starting at 200sqm, the apartments feature expansive balconies and outdoor terraces for the ultimate in luxury living.

From the calibre of the project to the level of customisation available, all elements had to be considered carefully to make the offering as enticing as possible to a potential owner.

The Muse display suite had to bring to life high quality finished apartments to help sell the idea of an upmarket lifestyle. Materiality was a key part of the specification with colour, texture, tone and movement all carefully considered to ensure a cohesive design outcome.

Each kitchen features a sculptural island bench, fitted in quartz natural stone with a stunning flamed finish. The joinery below is clad in quartz stone to match, making the island an impressive eye-catching feature.

Each island includes two undermount sinks and an 80mm stone return, which creates the shelf for the kitchen spout, mixers, pull-out spray and Zip HydroTap. Each apartment would have a minimum of two Zip HydroTaps.

For the display kitchen, a Zip HydroTap Elite delivering instant boiling, chilled and sparkling water was specified by Bruce Henderson Interiors to showcase the functionality of the product to potential buyers. Offering filtered boiling, chilled and sparkling water, the HydroTap represented a high level of convenience and functionality within an elegant design, in keeping with the overall sophisticated aesthetic of the apartments.

Given the profile of the potential buyer segment, the apartment design needed to consider additional factors from security and privacy to convenience and personalisation. Bespoke, handcrafted interiors representing the ultimate in comfort and style would offer purchasers a living experience far beyond luxury – the kitchen also had to reflect the overall goals for the interiors.

Natural light and ventilation, which are often difficult to achieve in apartment complexes, were delivered in The Muse with the large, flexible living spaces maximising exposure to the outdoor elements.

Photography: Shannon McGrath