Waterloo Residence

The Waterloo Residence project aimed to create a minimalist and refined living space, focusing on eliminating unnecessary elements while highlighting features that enrich the lives of its occupants. The primary goal was to design a home that fosters serenity and positivity, encapsulated in a monochromatic palette that soothes the senses and invites stillness. Designed by our very own Interior Design Director, Sammy Kairouz, who was both the client and the designer, this personal project reflects the deep connection and enthusiasm Sammy has for his craft, showcasing a strong design identity.

The key challenge was to curate an environment where every element not only serves a practical purpose but also acts as a piece of sculpture, embodying intention and aesthetic harmony. The design incorporates a variety of textures, including linens, leather, lambswool, suede, and stone, to create a tactile and rich living space. Iconic pieces from the 60s and 70s, featuring Italian and Australian mid-century furniture, are thoughtfully arranged to complement the minimalist aesthetic. A striking Tom Adair art piece graces the entryway, setting the tone for the home’s artistic and luxurious atmosphere. This holistic and unencumbered approach resulted in a humble yet luxurious representation of minimalism.

The solutions to these design challenges are evident in the thoughtful and tailored layout, which ensures a balanced and fluid movement throughout the space. Floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall glazing allow natural light from the northern and western sun to flood the rooms, enhancing their warmth and inviting ambiance. The immediate access to a soft, layered, landscaped terrace provides a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces, enriching the living experience.

Attention to detail is paramount in this project. The clean, refined lines and detailing, such as full-height pivot doorways, shadow skirting, and curved walls, further soften the interior and allow for a seamless and respectful evolution through each space. These elements work together to maintain the minimalist aesthetic while adding depth and interest to the design.

Waterloo is not just a project but the personal residence of Sammy Kairouz. His involvement from the early stages of the entire Waterloo development allowed him to craft a separate interior structure and individual finishes that reflect his holistic and unencumbered design approach. Sammy’s vision for the space embodies luxurious minimalism, creating a home that is both a personal retreat and a testament to his design philosophy.

In summary, the Waterloo project successfully marries minimalism with luxury, creating a refined and serene living space that is as functional as it is beautiful. Through thoughtful design and meticulous attention to detail, the project showcases the enriching qualities of a well-curated home, perfectly suited for modern living.

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Project Details


Northcote, VIC

Apartment Design

Double Glazing
3 Bedrooms
Alfresco Dining
Open plan living
Home Office
Exposed concrete ceiling
Landscaped garden terrace




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