Spire Residences by John Wardle ArchitectsLocated in Brisbane, Spire Residences sits at the northern gateway to the commercial district and shares the site with other important historic buildings. Its locality responds to two different dialogues, one respectful of its heritage neighbours and another directed at its taller companions of this developed city living. Using this as the inspiration to inform the overall design idea, John Wardle Architects successfully harmonises the tower with its surroundings. The multi-residential building fosters the needs of the city and community at street level while meeting expectations of occupants above. Amenities include rooftop facilities, concierge services, meeting areas, gymnasiums, and hence provide occupants with easy access to the city while responding to the dynamic nature of today’s lifestyles. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="86262,86263"] Photography by Christopher Frederick Jones John Wardle Architects johnwardlearchitects.com
Gravity Tower by Plus ArchitecturePlus Architecture was commissioned to design a multi-residential development in a fast-growing precinct in South Melbourne. Recognising the importance of utilising the site to its greatest capacity, Gravity Tower became the first project built in Melbourne’s Fisherman’s Bend precinct. Offering expansive city and bay views sheltered from the western sun, the tower’s street-level activation is evident as it acts as a transition space between the CBD and the Fisherman’s Bend. Gravity Tower boasts a considered design approach, informed by present-day context but is also equipped to cater for potential neighbouring developments in the future. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="86251,86249"] Photography by Jaime Diaz-Berrio Plus Architecture plusarchitecture.com.au
C.F. Row by Woods BagotMelbourne’s Fitzroy is an inner-city suburb made up of layers of rich history, diverse residents and unique spirit, growing from a working-class community to now one of the most creative and sought-after neighbourhoods. Woods Bagot has captured the essence of Fitzroy in C.F. Row, the multi-residential development that celebrates the history of the suburb and keeps its distinctive culture alive. The original brick façade of the building (previously home to a furniture maker) encases the new development of apartments and townhouses separated by laneways, its combination of dwelling types attracting a diverse mix of occupants. With retail activation at the corner of the site reminiscent of a traditional pub or milk bar, C.F. Row is quintessentially Fitzroy not just in its design and way it services its occupants, but in the way it interacts with the wider community too. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="86252,86254"] Photography by Trevor Mein Woods Bagot woodsbagot.com
Shorefront Penang by RT+Q Architects with S.M. OOI ArchitectThe challenges that faced the development of Shorefront Penang were three-fold: adhering to the strict planning guidelines that come with building in a UNESCO World Heritage City, ensuring each unit had a sea-view and assuring optimum privacy for the residents. In response, RT+Q Architects created three parallel strips of buildings, each unit ‘alternate-facing’ and serviced with private elevator lobbies to provide as much privacy as possible in a multi-residential setting. The buildings were designed in such a way to give each unit views of both the sea and city, while additional waterscapes and greenery throughout the public areas create a seamless connection from the buildings to the shore. This is a development that gives residents and visitors a sense of tranquillity so often needed in a bustling city, even when navigating the negative spaces between the buildings. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="86258,86256"] Photography by Masano Kawana and Albert Lim RT+Q Architects rtnq.com S.M. OOI Architects facebook.com/SMOOIArchitects As designers and architects recognise that space is scarce, especially in urban cities, they need to take into consideration ways to overcome this without compromising on the quality of life. Large scale projects like multi-residential developments require a thoughtful material palette for durability, and appliances with smart design systems, which is why Bosch is an ideal partner for the Multi-Residential Building Award Category. For over a century, the iconic German designers and manufacturers of kitchen and laundry appliances have taken a future-facing approach to design. By promising that living spaces of all sizes deserve nothing short of the best home appliances, Bosch powers countless homes around the world, earning a reputation for reliability and innovation. Maja Pejovic, Bosch’s Brand Manager explains that “at Bosch, we aim to deliver an all-round support and service experiences that reaches the same level of perfection, reliability and quality as our home appliances, and this commitment will be at the core of the Bosch brand for years to come.
Bosch is the proud sponsor of the 2019 Multi-Residential Building Award at this year’s INDE.Awards. Watch this space, as the shortlist will be announced on the 30th of April.INDE.Awards indeawards.com Bosch www.bosch-home.com.au We think you might also like this introduction to the 2019 INDE.Awards Judges abc
Coastal Neurosurgery, North Gosford, Photography by Katherine LuAnybody who speaks to Ricci will instantly understand that she is drawn to projects with challenges and constraints. Regardless of whether it is a residential, retail, commercial or hospitality project, it is this positive outlook that enables her design studio to tackle design briefs with an empathetic response. With the aim for “elegance, comfort and a streamlined simplicity, we make sure that all projects integrate architecture, interiors and landscaping so that nothing feels added on”.
Having come from residential beginnings, she now works on a variety of projects and the contrasts between each sector keeps her fresh. Not to mention the realisation that creating a domestic aesthetic has become increasingly important across workplace and hospitality projects. Clarifying client expectations from the get-go is of utmost importance, so says Ricci. “A good project starts with a good brief – regardless of whether it’s a house, a commercial office, a shop, a clinic or hotel. And while each project requires a different design response, our process is the same.” This is because the success of each completed project is based ultimately on the brief. “Ultimately, the brief is both a blueprint and a benchmark for success. Getting that right is vital.”Each aspect of any project responds directly to the site and clients, which not only meets their needs but sets her work apart in its ability not to simply conform to a particular aesthetic or trend. Working closely with clients right from the inception of any project helps designers understand what clients need and what they require from a space. “We ask a lot of questions up front,” says Ricci. “This helps us to clarify the brief in their minds, as well as in ours.”
High St Society, Randwick, Photography by Tom FergusonInstead of throwing the word timeless around in a way that has been done multiple times before, Ricci tells us “timelessness, is about avoiding trends and creating a design and material palette that’s lasting, both in terms of durability and aesthetics - which are equally important”. For us, this means that when you revisit a project in five years, it still feels fresh and relevant.” For Ricci and her team, materials are apart of that story, from the way they are used to the way that they have been crafted. “We take a domestic approach to materiality and planning no matter the project type because the quality and feel of a space can profoundly affect people,” she continues. On top of managing, designing and producing different kinds of masterful architectural compositions, Ricci always remembers the importance of designing sustainably. “The glamorous interior is enjoying a revival, but with a sustainable bend. Recycled materials are a big part of the story, often used in innovative ways. It is an exciting time to be in practice,” she says.
The Eye Piece, Wahroonga, Photography by Katherine LuAt the end of our conversation, Ricci leaves us with a bit of advice that is suitable for anyone finding his or her feet within the industry, but also a good reminder for us all. “Have confidence. Trust your ideas, instincts, abilities and processes. Take risks. Ask questions. And get some good people around you.” Ricci Bloch Architecture + Interiors riccibloch.com.au We think you might also like High St Society by Ricci Blochabc
AgriNesture is a two-storey house on the edge of Mao Khe Coal Mine, 120 kilometres from Hanoi. The owner is the eldest son in the family: 40 years of age and a bachelor who has recently left his occupation as a miner. With an appreciation for the simple life, he spends the majority of his time at home in the company of his pets, chickens and bonsai plants. The previous, one-storey, fibrocement-roof house was dilapidated, so his brothers pitched in to have a new house designed and built for him. H&P Architects was chosen because they had designed architecture in Mao Khe that was appreciated by the family: BES pavilion, for example.
The brief set for H&P Architects was very basic: convenience for living and worshipping; ventilation and heat isolation because the house is orientated east-west; and cost-effectiveness. In response, H&P has taken this set of fairly standard requirements to do something simple yet testing of the unusual.
The two-storey house is quite literally a cube – 7mx7mx7m – with voids inside that can be rearranged later as needs arise. The outside looks simple but unusual: a non-plastered brick wall with neither details nor balcony. The structure and covering are fixed from the beginning but allow further development inward. A double-layered brick wall with buffer space enables the atmosphere to be cooled down in the summer but kept warm in the winter. Pre-installed windows in all directions, at different locations and in various sizes help maximize ventilation. H&P has paid close attention to the “new” daily life of the resident: trees are arranged in the voids (with skylights above), and the roof is designed as a vegetable garden because a garden on the ground could be destroyed by the chickens.
Microclimate effects of the house are more or less confirmed over the eight months in use, including cold winter, humid spring, and hot summer. Furniture from the original house remains in the new house. More importantly, the resident has quickly adapted to the house and found excitement to live with it, to begin a “new life”.In conversation, he excitedly said that every day he was moving up and down stairs numerous times in different ways, using different stairs – “such movement is nothing compared to working in the mine”. Because slag, coal, mud and soil were all too familiar materials, it is the roughness that brings the house closer to a home. Furthermore, the ventilation and lighting features of the house are not just pleasant design cues, but also play a large part in ensuring the resident’s comfort, a welcome contrast against a career spent in underground, enclosed mines. AgriNesture – whether accidentally or deliberately – has helped the resident to be both physically and mentally healthy.
H&P Architects want to experiment with using AgriNesture House as a standardised module with simplified structure – yet diversified forms and flexible spaces depending on a future client’s needs. AgriNesture is the idea of redeveloping rural communities based on the mix of housing and farming. In fact, the studio had originally planned to create a group of three modules (for three brothers), but only one was constructed this time around because the two other brothers did not yet need new residences.
For better practical application of the house, H&P Architects has some improvements to make; such as minimizing the skylight to maximize the roof garden area, making the double-skin brick walls “breathable”, sun-screening and rain-proofing for windows.
All in all, the house has shown a truth: If the architecture is designed with the heart – it will be received by the heart.
Photography by Nguyen TienThanh
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