2019 Melbourne Design Awards

spaces, objects, visual, graphic, digital & experience design, design champion, best studio & best start-up, plus over 40 specialist categories

accelerate transformation, celebrate courage, growing demand for design



Project Overview

Tate presents eight curated homes in Kew’s exclusive Sackville Ward, brought to you by ANGLE in collaboration with leading design firms CS-A and Eckersley Gardens, along with market leading European appliances from Gaggenau and custom-designed wardrobes from furniture pioneer Poliform. Tate is simply put as a project of flawless artistry, similar to the place of its namesake – the Tate Modern in London. Cera Stribley Architects was inspired not only by the gallery’s history and prominence in the international art scene, but also by the residences that surround it in London’s rich architectural landscape. Kew’s own Tate aligns with London’s distinctive style of residential design, known for elements of symmetry, traditional proportioning and strong masonry.




Developers: ANGLE & BuxtonGroup
Architects & Interiors: Cera Stribley Architects
Landscapes: Eckersley Garden Architecture
Renders: Stab Studio

Project Brief

One of the last remaining blocks in this tightly held heritage precinct made way for the opportunity to create something truly unique while paying homage to the rich history of this Gold Rush precinct. ANGLE’s brief to Cera Stribley Architects was to be respectful of the neighbouring heritage homes while ensuring the townhomes were crafted with a modern, innovative twist. Tate’s residences are designed to provide a more mature collection of contemporary homes to Kew’s residential landscape, founded on an elegant series of finishes that form matchless interior details.

Project Innovation/Need

Tate has pushed boundaries with its interior design, and is starkly unique compared to other recent townhouse developments. Elegantly integrating high-end, single-dwelling design features that are rarely found in a townhome, Tate’s eight residences introduce a calibre of contemporary, luxury living that Kew is yet to see. Some of these features include Poliform Robes imported from Italy, Gaggenau appliances in the kitchen and private lifts in each residence. We know people want to properly establish a home, and as such that idea of creating a welcoming energy was the main priority in Tate’s interior design process. We have achieved this by including some really elegant, natural textures within the homes, notably the light timber flooring which is quite timeless. The homes gift sophisticated, ample and well thought-out storage, from the walk in robes to the common area joinery, which is given a luxurious touch and elevated with the celebration material of antique brass. The residences also feature quite a lot of light – elements within the kitchen and bathroom are also highlighted through carefully placed diffused LED lighting, which is greatly helpful, especially at night.

Design Challenge

The ultimate challenge when designing Tate’s interiors was finding a way to capture the essence of a standalone home in a multi residential context. This was conquered through the inclusion of bespoke, considered features that are atypical of a townhome – from custom designed wardrobes to crafted joinery. There was also the challenge of finding a way to differentiate Tate in the saturated property market. Drawing inspiration from the Tate Modern in London gave the project a unique edge and distinctive style, allowing it to standout against other developments in the area.


Ensuring we met and exceeded sustainability requirements was at the forefront of our minds during Tate’s conception. Some of the measures we have incorporated include high performances thermal envelopes with concrete slabs, high efficiency LED artificial lighting throughout, motion detector controlled lighting in common areas and water efficient fixtures. All of the development’s living and bedroom areas are naturally cross ventilated with windows on opposite or adjacent facades. Water is also collected from the upper roof, and is directed to the 12kL rainwater tank connected to all townhouse toilets and landscape irrigation. Additionally, Tate has a walk Score of 72 and is a three minute walk from the 109 tram which travels from Port Melbourne to Box Hill.

This award celebrates innovative and creative building interiors with consideration given to space creation and planning, furnishings, finishes and aesthetic presentation. Consideration also given to space allocation, traffic flow, building services, lighting, fixtures, flooring, colours, furnishings and surface finishes.
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