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Project Design Focus: Luxury At Chester In Newstead

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Bringing together architectural and design greats from Australia and abroad, including a rare collaboration with renowned Singapore practice, Ministry of Design; Kokoda Property is set to deliver an unparalleled vision, superior quality and luxurious craftsmanship at its premier new development, Chester in Newstead.

The result is a perfect mix of effortless cool with superior luxury, a high-end residential address that delivers a harmonious collision of ideas from award-winning international design teams.

Chester’s striking exterior, architecturally designed by renowned Melbourne firm, Hayball, draws inspiration from the folds and canyons of the iconic Brisbane River. The sculptural façade will make a positive contribution to Newstead’s growing ‘street style’.

A faultless accompaniment to Chester’s prominent exterior, the interiors and shared entertainment areas have been crafted by Ministry of Design, in what represents a challenge to the typical notions of inner-city apartment living. The Singapore-based integrated spatial design practice Singapore aspires to create projects which are distinctly local while also appealing to a global audience.

Best known for several award-winning projects across Asia, the UAE and parts of Europe, Ministry of Design has created timeless developments including China’s corten-clad Vanke Triple V Gallery, The New Majestic Hotel in Singapore, W Resort in Phuket, The Macalister Mansion in Malaysia and the UOL Edge Gallery in Singapore.

With a company ethos that aims to question, disturb and redefine spaces; when imagining Chester’s interiors, the international design firm drew inspiration from the relaxed-yet-sophisticated Australian lifestyle.



A warm and modern entrance in the lobby, adorned with custom lighting, herringbone oak flooring and decadently high ceilings will delight the senses and redefine luxury apartment living.

Using clean monochromatic palates of bold matte black, herringbone timber flooring bordered by cool white marble entry tiles, Ministry of Design has created an aesthetic of laid-back elegance that carries throughout the residences.

To accentuate this collision of homely and high-end, the firm has implemented Elba marble benchtops, designer under-mount black sinks, matte-black tapware and Miele appliances in the kitchens, which are complemented by copper and concrete detailing.

The bathrooms mirror the designer appeal with recessed timber shelving, penny round feature wall tiles and textured surfaces that balance the high-gloss mirror custom vanities.

Ministry of Design’s involvement extends far beyond the interiors of each residence, with the shared entertainment areas also designed in line with the vision to raise the bar for impeccable craftsmanship, most apparent through the inclusion of an opulent golden central spiral staircase.

Colin Seah, the firm’s Director of Design said the team at Ministry of Design wanted to take the typical residential experience and elevate it far beyond a welcoming and comfortable space.

“We wanted to create a notable experience through every facet of the project’s design. We hope future residents will feel the space is an extension of and complement to their own lifestyle,” said Mr Seah.

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