835 High Street wins at the 2023 Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA)

24 November 2023
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835 High Street was recognised at the 2023 Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) by winning the multi-residential category.

Nick Carr and Stephen McGarry (centre and right) receiving the award for multi-residential design at the IDEA gala in Sydney.

Hosted at the Centennial Homestead in Sydney, the 2023 IDEA Gala was held on Thursday 23 November and saw 835 High Street receive the award for multi-residential design. This win marks Carr’s second consecutive year winning this respective category.

This award category in particular is a reflection of the development’s qualities of modularity and economy of construction and how the design contributes to the rationing and exploitation of space and the provision of amenity. As highlighted in the judging criteria, absolutely essential to this award is the understanding of how the design reflects its target market demographic.



The apartment planning process was underpinned by biophilic design principles and the desire to provide each home with axis to external views and ventilation.

Of the project, IDEA jury members shared:

This project exemplifies Carr’s tight grasp on design rigour and discipline. Even the simplest details are effortlessly executed with elegance and restraint to create enduring interior architecture that rejects trends and masters the manipulation of light.

– Sue Fenton, Senior Associate, Woods Bagot

Carr have designed with elegant simplicity, a mulit-residential project that stands out for its minimalist approach. This will ensure longevity and a beautiful canvas for any future tenants.

– Jade Nottage, Director, Tom Mark Henry

Skillful manipulation of space and light characterise this elegant residential development. The designers sucessfully balanced the dichotomy between the regularity and strength of form, and the loose, casual and calm flow of spaces it frames. 

– Byron George, Director, Russell & George

Located on the busy thoroughfare of High Street, Armadale, the building demonstrates our approach to architectural language and its contribution to the streetscape with considered intention. 835 High Street considers those that will inhabit the space, which ultimately formed the development of the design during the exploration stages. As with all our projects, we ensure that architecture is not a human gesture by ‘the architect’ but rather one that takes cues from the surrounding context – materialising through scale, rhythm, colour or proportion.

The annual Interior Design Excellence Award (IDEA) program is run by the Australian Design Review and celebrates the best of Australian interior and product design.



Learn more about our newly revealed muli-residential projects Malvern Collective, and Albert Street