Paragon is a residential building on a prized corner of Melbourne’s CBD that tells a multi-layered narrative of the city’s past, present and future.
Incorporating the facade of the former Melbourne Celtic Club, Paragon juxtaposes old and new, while capitalising on a small footprint within an elevated site.
Built for metropolitan living, its design is about creating a sense of identity by transforming a piece of the Melbourne cityscape into an urban sanctuary. Elegant and tranquil, a selection of large, individually conceived residences and penthouses embrace materiality, refined detail and unobstructed Melbourne views.
Unfurling across three storeys, a living green ‘urban forest’ provides relief between the main tower and heritage facade, serving as the backbone for the common linked areas.
High quality amenities are a core benefit for users of the building, providing a place to gather, meet, and form community. Spaces including a gym, swimming pool, library, private theatre and screening lounge add a high level of detail and function.
Wrapped in walls of glass, considered architecture opens expansive sightlines to capture the essence of the location, immersing interiors in natural light.
Paragon’s interior has been designed to step away from the bustling city streets below. Light is cast through glass and reflected across mirrored and polished surfaces to naturally illuminate common spaces.
Organic textures used across refined forms are complemented by warm timber floorboards and brushed metal surfaces. Luxurious natural stone and poured terrazzo give Paragon’s interiors a dynamic depth and layering.
A series of formal and relaxed zones blur the line between public and private domain to present an exclusive club for residents. Paragon’s impressive lobby offers a distinct sense of arrival, and the resident amenities include a contemporary bar, restaurant, lounge and outdoor terraces.
The sculpting of spatial volumes created a ‘jewel box’ compact city site. This generated a sense of drama in the efficient floorplates with simple monolithic forms extending from floor-to-ceiling, looking sensational and bold, defining the space.
A lavish material palette of honed marble, ebonised timber and refined vertical batten wall panels surround the spaces while velvet and leather upholstery, oak flooring and smoky mirror finishes add to the moody ambience of the design.