When the Riviera in the Signature by Metricon range was conceived, the vision was simple – it had to have wow-factor. And, the Riviera has delivered in spades - winning countless awards and transforming the way volume building is perceived nationwide.
 
The five-bedroom Riviera has set a new benchmark for contemporary cool. The sprawling, masterpiece is the personification of luxury, resort-style living, anchored by an expansive open-plan kitchen, dining and entertaining area that seamlessly flows from the inside out to deliver the ultimate lifestyle home. 

 
The Riviera first came to life as a show home in Sorrento, on Queensland’s Gold Coast, and has quickly become the popular choice for discerning customers seeking the luxe, cutting-edge design of a contemporary, high-end home, without the hefty price-tag.
 
Following its launch in Queensland, another stunning Riviera show home has been built on the NSW Central Coast at Morisset Park, and another is under construction in Melbourne to meet consumer demand to experience this stunning and ground-breaking home first-hand,
 
If you live in Queensland, the flagship show home will soon pass to its lucky owners, so there’s limited time remaining to see this marvel. Make sure you visit before 11th November 2020, checking the home’s opening hours online.

Designing the Riviera

“I love this home,” design director Adrian Popple says. “It’s so welcoming and inviting. It’s the kind of home you feel like a you could just move in and live in.”

“I really wanted to do a integrated indoor/outdoor lifestyle inspired home,” he says of the Riviera, which embodies the easy, breezy,  way of life. “So when we found the Sorrento site in early 2016, the idea was to make it as open and airy as possible. The block was wide but not too deep, so we were able to turn the house on its side and create a home that has heaps of volume through the middle. We wanted to have the living functions running right across the back so they were really connected to the outdoor. It’s contemporary, without being too slick. It still had to have resort style to it.”

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The magnificence of the Riviera’s design hits you the moment you walk through the front door. From the grand entrance, where a 5.8m void connecting the two upstairs wings creates both a sense of resplendence and drama, the layout unravels to reveal an entertainer’s paradise, beyond which a verdant, palm-tree lined horizon frames a wall of ceiling-to-floor bi-fold doors. Oversize, concrete tiles and Calcutta stone splashbacks are juxtaposed with warm oak accents and walnut timber panelling, while inky cabinetry and monochrome artworks are offset by wall niches adorned with lush indoor greenery.  


While the open timber staircase is a standout feature, and a spine wall mounted with concrete-look tiles also adds another level of detail and interest, Adrian says it’s the functionality and flow that really set the Riviera apart.


“One of the great things about this home is that it’s modern but it doesn’t feel austere,” Adrian says. “That comes down to balance. Initially, I was a little concerned about the size of the dining room because it is quite large, but the transition of the entry that steps down into the dining area helps to define the spice. We wanted to put all the wow factor into the ground floor, into the areas you entertain in. This is where people spend most of their time so the space really accentuates and celebrates the social heart of the home.”


From the bigger picture to the finer features, every detail has been considered to ensure this home isn’t only aspirational, but practical, too. That’s why little things like louvre windows to promote cross ventilation, highlight glass to allow maximum light and even the cladding used on the home’s exterior have been selected because they serve a functional purpose.  


“With the Riviera, we knew we needed to create something special,” Adrian says. “We are trying to forge a new market up here and really show our capabilities as a builder so we needed to take a step away from our core Designer product range and give ourselves that point of difference. What we’re good at is making everything work and not leaving anything to chance. We’ve had architects and builders come though and they see us now as a serious competitor and threat because we can design to that level and also back it up with our build quality and attention to detail.”

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That the compliments and commendations for the Riviera keep pouring in, Adrian says, shows that Metricon is continually trying to lift the bar, to push the design envelope. This he says, is the most rewarding part of the job.


“For me to sit down and get creative and design something completely different was really exciting,” he says. “Then to see it hit the ground and know that people are loving it, that’s what makes it all worthwhile.”
 
This stunning new Signature by Metricon residence is located at 92 Campbell Street, Sorrento, Gold Coast. View opening hours and visit before it closes on 11th November 2020.
 
If you had your heart on visiting the Riviera – don’t fret! You can see it on the Central Coast in NSW, or the upcoming display being built in Victoria.   

For more interior design or style inspiration, visit one of our award-winning display homes, or check out our style gallery, where you can save and organise all your favourite Metricon home designs 

Riviera award wins