Residential architecture – particularly in Melbourne and Sydney – is being driven by demand. With such exponential population growth expected for the Melbourne region especially, developers have been rushing to cater to these potential masses.
While this need for housing, especially metropolitan multi-residential dwellings in order to cater to the growing demographic, is being met, the high demand and need for speedy delivery has left a number of these buildings becoming a little bit monotonous.
The uniformity of mass housing is hardly a new concept, but with developers squeezing more and more units onto one residential block, apartment buildings can become increasingly aesthetically repetitive.
While that can make for a dreary built environment, it also allows those who go in a unique aesthetic direction to stand out. This is the route ARM Architecture will take when the firm delivers its latest multi-residential development, Orbis Apartments.
The building’s show-stopping façade has been described as being akin to a surrealist painting. Formed with almost the same whimsy as a modernist sculpture, design renderings of the building show a form that seemingly shows no uniformity, from its sharp angular corners and undulating centre.
The entrance to the building features a golden arch that will beckon residents through a cave-like portal leading inside.
While this seven-storey, 49-apartment-filled block will certainly stand out, perhaps its cleverest feature is its highly juxtaposing interiors. The loudness of the exteriors are softened by the muted grey interiors, with the only interior/exterior connections made through a hint of gold in the bathroom and what can be seen of the outside through interior windows.
With one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartment layout options available, the designers have clearly let the exterior of the building speak for itself, with the interiors left muted to allow each owner his or her own creative freedom.
Mundanity in apartment development is generally for design ‘safety’ purposes. If designers keep things simple, the idea goes, they will potentially appeal to a wider audience.
However, buying a home is one of the highest impact purchases a consumer can make, so offering them an eye-catching aesthetic while still giving them the freedom to make their individual apartment their own by offering them a blank canvas is smart business. It also breaks up the monotony of urban residential design, creating a built environment that is modern, stylish and unique.