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The Importance Of Multi-Residential Design In Burgeoning APAC

Population growth in Asia Pacific is higher than in any other region in the world and is predicted to continue in the coming years. What do you perceive to be the biggest challenges (and opportunities) of this growth? The biggest challenge, without doubt, is land capacity and its ability to cater to our increasing population. This creates a range of issues regarding development types and locations. In particular, we are now seeing greater density in living, leading to space becoming more condensed in general residential application and as a result, there is a greater focus on open plan living; which requires adaptable spaces. How has Bosch addressed these challenges and opportunities? From a product perspective, we have led the way in compact appliances for many years to cater to the needs of smaller kitchens. This includes 45cm dishwashers, 30cm electric and gas cooktops, 45cm high niche combination ovens - which have the added benefit of being able to perform multiple tasks within the one unit. From an aesthetic perspective, we have home appliances designed to blend with a variety of modern interior spaces. Bosch offers a fleet design across various series of appliances appealing to budget-conscious consumers through to premium design-conscious consumers, who truly appreciate the traditional stainless steel or the new black aesthetic options. It is about giving the consumers choice, being able to cater to their individual needs and consumption habits. Often, discussions of how population change affects housing focus on how needs have changed: in your opinion, have the kinds of things that people want out of housing also shifted? Population change across the region has definitely led to a shift in the makeup of what the average household looks like. Both individual and shared living environments have transformed into more personalised spaces, designed to suit individual needs. Previously, housing has been very community based throughout our region. However, with the density of high-rise and modern apartment living, people need a living space to entertain and socialise within their own residence. This has led to a desire for beautiful kitchens where people can congregate. It is no longer separate dining, kitchen and living areas, it is a singular zone that combines all of these into one. Rob Warner In your experience are there any needs or trends that are unique to the Asia Pacific region? The Asia Pacific region consists of many diverse cultures and long proud histories, which are reflected in many different ways, including business. The markets are dynamic and growing, with consumers in Asia Pacific often being early adopters of new technology. The Bosch consumer within APAC places high demands on quality, stability and reliability, qualities that are also represented in their kitchen furnishings. From Bosch’s perspective, what are the defining characteristics of great multi-residential design? Bosch is synonymous with design, performance, convenience and sustainability. From our perspective, the characteristics of great residential design should reflect these values; that it can meet the needs of today and provide a functional foundation to meet the needs of the future. The ability to successfully incorporate principles of sustainability from materials and emissions to energy and water consumption considerations into award-winning designs means multi-residential developments that reduce the buildings maintenance costs. What is the role of technology in multi-residential developments? How do you envision this evolving in future? Currently, there is a trend towards home automation and the smart home. A home automation system can control lighting, climate or entertainment systems, home security or alarms, as well as home appliances – interconnecting multiple devices, services and apps. In Europe, Bosch has introduced the Home Connect app. Our new release of home appliances within Asia Pacific are all compatible with the Home Connect platform, and consumers will be able to take advantage of the functionality in the future, once the host servers are live. Whilst there is currently a very functional approach to technology, idealistically, technology will enable us to individually connect with our consumers to provide unique service opportunities to enhance their lives. Rob Warner Bosch is renowned across the world for its high degree of functionality, available at a fair and affordable price. Has this kind of thinking always underpinned the way Bosch approaches the design of its products? In times of growing competition and cluttered markets, it is especially important to set ourselves clearly apart from our rivals and to give consumers a clear image of who we are as a brand. “Invented for lifeis more than our advertising claim; it is a heartfelt conviction that pervades our history, our culture, our business strategy and our products. For generations, Bosch has been developing innovations that serve people. Each Bosch business division follows this principle in its own way. What factored into your decision to sponsor the Multi-Residential Building category of this year’s INDE.Awards? We were very excited to be the inaugural Multi-Residential Building category partner at the INDE.Awards last year and to continue this relationship in 2019. For us as a brand, Bosch is synonymous with design, quality, performance, convenience and sustainability and we believe these characteristics are intrinsically linked to good multi-residential design.   Bosch bosch-home.com.au INDE.Awards indeawards.com  We think you might also like Gaggenau, Continuing to Inspire And Innovate abc
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Fade Out: Leichhardt Oaks By Benn+Penna

As our kitchens, dining and living areas become increasingly integrated, the joinery is being designed to fade quietly into the background for a cohesive sense of space. The owners of this late-Victorian cottage in Leichhardt, Sydney, wanted to update their kitchen, dining and living area with one long volume that flowed out to the garden. They had seen a previous house by Benn+Penna, Surry Hills Pocket, and engaged the studio to create a calm and contemplative space. Benn+Penna removed the rear lean-tos to create the elongated volume. Clerestory windows and a 1.5-storey-high ceiling in the kitchen creates a light and more generous sense of space. Steps negotiate the slope of the site and provide a subtle division between the lounge and the kitchen and dining, while also serving a place for guests to sit and kids to play. Leichardt Oaks Benn+Penna CC Tom Ferguson kitchen The kitchen has a pared-back design and minimal material palette with cabinetry integrated into the architecture of the room. “We were conscious of it not reading simply as a kitchen, but more as living-room joinery, almost like a piece of furniture,” says Andrew Benn, director of Benn+Penna. The joinery on the rear wall sits flush with the door and hallway openings to provide a smooth timber backdrop. Overhead cupboards have white timber door fronts to visually recede into the fully tiled wall and under-bench cupboards lockstep with the stairs. Shelving tucked into the end pieces of the cupboards provides display space for the living room. The timber and white material palette has soft tones, minimal contrast and reflects light to create a contemplative space. As morning light pours in through the garden and afternoon sun filters through the high-level windows, the light bounces off the surfaces to cast a soft atmosphere across the space. Leichardt Oaks Benn+Penna CC Tom Ferguson open kitchen living Benn+Penna also designed the new bathroom to be as calm and contemplative. The grey, white and black palette is low contrast within the space, but a counterpoint to the kitchen, dining and living space. “It’s a little surprise in the whole design,” says Andrew. Benn+Penna bennandpenna.com Photography by Tom Ferguson Leichardt Oaks Benn+Penna CC Tom Ferguson oven high ceiling Leichardt Oaks Benn+Penna CC Tom Ferguson dining cabinetry Leichardt Oaks Benn+Penna CC Tom Ferguson bathroom Leichardt Oaks Benn+Penna CC Tom Ferguson open courtyard We think you might also like Design According To Heritage And Climate: Shaun Lockyer.abc