This apartment building is located on a tight landlocked urban site within an historical residential precinct, accessible only via a series of cobbled bluestone laneways. It presented a unique design challenge requiring an innovative approach to create architecture that is a contemporary landmark whilst being highly respectful of the historical context. Our design for this four storey boutique residential apartment building is based on the joyful experience of discovering the unexpected. As a building without street frontage this idea becomes apparent even as you approach the site, as the building itself can only be ‘discovered’ through an opening between terrace houses at the end of a narrow laneway.
Three curved concrete 'shells' are positioned to form a vertical open air core which allows natural light and ventilation to penetrate deep into the building footprint. This central core creates multi-orientated apartments that access a level of natural light and ventilation not found in most modern apartment buildings. Each ‘shell’ creates spacious and fluid internal spaces with the apartments. Crafted timber and glass external facades look out over the historic urban fabric of Carlton North and create a naturally textured backdrop to surrounding properties. ‘Secret’ roof top gardens nestled into the top of each shell provide residents with abundant private open space and city views.