Find a comfy seat and pour yourself a drink, Moda is proud to present Armadale’s finest new address.
The Art of Fine Living; often desired but rarely captured, it’s a pursuit of balanced perfection across luxury and lifestyle. Featuring 26 spacious apartments, including two spectacular rooftop penthouses, 835 High Street is the result of years of meticulous research and detailing by one of Australia’s most recognised and influential design teams, Carr Design. Timeless residences, beautifully juxtaposed against world-class landscape design, boast home-size proportions and unencumbered, stunning city views. For this is a building that offers pleasure as well as practicality, bringing a lightness with every touch across every centimetre, and a highly human, handcrafted approach. Downstairs, much-loved village grocer The Leaf Store will offer some of Australia’s finest produce, and Armadale’s finest galleries, restaurants, cafés and boutiques are moments away. Without doubt, those buying here will have mastered the art of living well.
Stunning rooftop pool
Stunning rooftop pool
Private residential lobby
Moda shares a passion with Carr to carve out entrances that invite conversation, inspire connection and provide respite from the outside world. Achieving all three required a specific vision, starting with the private lobby’s soaring ceiling. This vast space rises from an immense vertical void, created by slicing the building through the middle into two elevations. This enables soaring glass walls to filter daylight into every floor, with sightlines out to Armadale and beyond, and a sense of never losing your place.
Crossing the threshold is akin to entering an art hotel or gallery. The lobby is finished in a seamless, textural polished plaster exuding a sense of grandeur for residents exiting, entering or meeting friends. Sculptural furniture and dark mirroring complement the area’s artistic provenance; even the mailboxes are masonry forms with a monolithic approach. It is a natural fit to defer to the rich fabric of surrounding art, and 835 High Street proudly features a handcrafted work by renowned Sydney artist, Anna–Wili Hyfield. ‘Bird’ wraps elegantly into the interior lobby space, dynamically animating the void by dancing with light and shadow play.
The lobby at 835 High
For Moda, a place to live should be light and modern. A place to relax that is intimate, and a place with flexibility to entertain, no matter which direction you turn. Yet, a place also inspired by its surroundings — in this case, the dynamic appeal of Armadale’s arts precinct. For each of the interiors at 835 High Street, Carr explores the way in which residents will inhabit and move around the space. Each interior zone is then stripped back to its raw form and function. Layered textures and natural materials are introduced, guided by local and artistic influences on minimalism, led by Carr’s signature calm and confident approach. From the monolithic island benches in the penthouses to the large-scale joinery forms, this building balances design excellence with fine aesthetics to create a special place to come home to. Here, everything has its place, but is completely out of the ordinary.
Floor Plans Tailored To Your Life
We take pride in creating floor plans to cater for all, because we recognise that everyone likes to live differently. The configurations are clever: the master bedroom is in a separate zone to that of the secondary bedrooms, while those with studies can be configured as a second television room. Just as important is the thinking behind how light and airflow enters and exits each space. At every opportunity, glazed windows open out to sight lines over Armadale or the city skyline, as well as offer views from every angle. Gallery-like walls, huge picture windows and high ceilings help cross-flow ventilation and natural light. The layout is designed to maximise panoramic views and natural light. Unobstructed stunning city views to the north-west, extend around to the northern suburbs. Additionally, the large balcony and abundant glazing showcase views east and south across tree tops towards Port Phillip Bay and the southern suburbs.
Kitchens; Invite Touch and Inspire Play
We appreciate that kitchens are the heart of the home, so we’ve maximised every inch to include the largest freestanding island bench each apartment can accommodate. They are big enough for guests to mingle while entertaining, and layered with natural materials and contemporary detailing for a beautiful backdrop. Finished with smart joinery, kitchens include a full-length shelf along the back wall that secretly stores everyday kitchen items neatly out of sight. Finished with precision and clean lines, the shelves and joinery add effortless functionality. Higher quality Miele appliances are included as standard in every apartment, including black glass backing and with many residences also featuring wine fridges. The range increases as the building rises with steam ovens, sculleries, a wider fridge and elevated rangehoods to accentuate ceiling heights.
Living Spaces; Light-Filled and Beautiful
Designed to complement any season, living spaces are where the hard materiality of the exterior gives in to a calm, soft approach. Wall-to-wall glass invites natural light wherever possible, while built-in joinery displays books or art. In some apartments, a full-height, dual-sided fireplace divides the living and dining areas, further separating each room function and accentuating the size of each.
Learn more as Carr talk you through their design thinking…
Unencumbered city views from all levels, protected by heritage overlays to the North
Twelve years ago, Leon Mugavin settled on Elwood to establish his new village grocer. Transformed from an old bottle shop in the heart of the village, The Leaf Store was born, inspired by a simple desire to encourage the community to ‘eat better and feel better’. Today, it proudly supports more than 400 local growers, farmers and suppliers and boasts an extremely loyal following of food lovers who indulge in some of the finest range of seasonal produce and organic delights. 835 High Street is delighted to welcome a brand new Leaf Store to the ground level tenancy. For residents, it’s all about convenience, and the art of living well.
Leon Mugavin, Leaf Store
Moda has commissioned internationally renowned artist and sculptor Anna–Wili Highfield to create a stunning 12 metre high feature piece for the foyer of 835 High Street. Anna-Wili Highfield has eschewed the traditional gallery system with a trajectory that has taken her work from a local designer’s living room to the boutiques of Tiffany and Hermès. “Thinking with my hands, thinking spatially. The moment when a radical move creates a pathway to the right form.” These are the parts of sculptor Anna-Wili Highfield’s creative process that she enjoys the most. Those hands have managed to carve a niche for herself in the international art world over the last ten years by crafting her now-signature ethereal, intricate sculptures of wild animals. Highfield’s success lies in her ability to make motionless forms feel utterly alive. There is a lightness and a breath to her works, restrained and tactile, that allude to movement – as though the animals could at any moment bound free from their home and take flight.
Armadale; a charming inner-city community favoured by Melbourne’s well to do. A picture-perfect setting adored by locals and visitors alike. Tree-lined, luxurious and leisurely, this idyllic suburb has one thing that sets it apart from the rest – a world-class shopping strip and arts precinct. Home to some of the best specialty galleries and boutiques in Melbourne, 835 High Street has become the go-to for fashionistas across the city. Just 6km from Melbourne’s CBD, the 1.2km of 835 High Street stretch is the vibrant mainstay for a mix of retail shopping, antiques, galleries, cafés, restaurants and other specialty shops. Together, they create a unique village lifestyle, complemented by nearby local highlights including Beatty Avenue, Hawksburn Shopping Centre and Malvern Central.
Armadale study by celebrated Melbourne photographer Gareth Sobey