A good friend of mine is originally from Melbourne and always dreams of relocating back there in the future. This incredible metropolitan city certainly has massive appeal and culturally is hard to beat. That is why it not surprising that it been voted the world’s most liveable city for a sixth consecutive year running. Obviously any pole is subjective and is based on a range of different criteria including healthcare, education, stability, culture, environment and infrastructure. This particular report was compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

As a design writer the range of subjects I feature on my website massively varies. Originally I just focused on horology (which was massive fun) but decided to explore other topics that fascinates me. In the UK I renovated several properties (that were featured in magazines) and acted as an interior design consultant for a lot of developers. However, my passion for architecture really ignited when I emigrated to Australia. Within the last two years I have written three books about the subject and it still captivates me. Certainly a city like Melbourne boast some of the finest contemporary and traditional residences in the world.

Recently I discovered the talents of Chris Clout who has established himself as a master builder and designer over the last 25 years. All of his properties are exceptionally stylish including his magnificent Modern Melbourne development. It is clear when you see the distinctive façade of this magnificent building that the client obviously had no budgetary restrictions.

Modern Melbourne is located in the trendy suburb of Moonee Ponds, in the state of Victoria, Australia. The inspiration behind the project was lavish five star modern Balinese resort style living. Ultimately Chris Clout has created a luxurious and spacious masterpiece. Certainly he has used every trick in the book to achieve a minimalistic dream home for the owner. Externally the property displays clean lines and an abundance of glass including a phenomenal transparent swimming pool.  However, for me the magic really happens inside this wonderful house. Details like the sculpted central staircase, solid timber flooring, stone feature walls, architectural lighting and bespoke joinery make this residence truly extraordinary.