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Cooking with style has now a synonym V-ZUG www.vzug.com 22 62 contents 12 Contemporary apartments Drama unfolds From the spectacular view to the highly personalised interior this new apartment is a gradual reveal Resort-style living Tiered apartment buildings and lush terraced landscaping maximise privacy views and a tight building site in this Singapore development Room at the top With its eclectic interior design this apartment makes a bold statement in personal style 14 22 28 90 Cover This apartment in the Grantham development in Sydney s eastern suburbs has been finished by interior designer Lynn Malone. For more turn to pages 12-21. Photography by Jamie Cobeldick. Whatever the style of your home Tarkett Flooring has a range of wood laminate and vinyl flooring to suit your needs. For more turn to pages 104-105. 34 high-rise living Vertical village Apartment living doesn t have to be impersonal. In this building apartments are arranged in vertical clusters each with its own spacious atrium The sky s the limit A distinctive new residential development has taken up a commanding position on the island of Penang 36 44 Inside cover 52 renovations Building on experience An historic apartment block undergoes a detailed restoration funded by the addition of six brand-new penthouses Up above the city With its raised floor platform and flowing layout this new loft apartment emphasises the building s traditional character and the view 54 62 70 Boutique developments Unmistakable identity Each of the four townhouses in this development was designed to maximise the available floor area without compromising privacy or individuality Black and white Contrast is key for these townhouses between old and new and light and dark Together yet separate When is an apartment not an apartment Each of the three units in this development has the look and feel of a stand-alone house 72 78 84 94 Looking for even more inspirational ideas and information for your project We ll show you how to find them at Trendsideas.com go 15638 produCts & serviCes Kitchen design Kitchen appliances Wine storage Fireplaces Flooring Partitioning Bathroom fittings 110 indeX Series Editor Lydia Brewer lydia.brewer trendsideas.com Australian Managing Director Glenn Hyland glenn.hyland trendsideas.com FRom the publisheR Apartment living affords many benefits. The opportunity to live in prime central or coastal locations expansive views and security all attract buyers to the ever-expanding apartment market. On the other hand some people believe that living in an apartment means being confined to an interior that s the same as all the others in the development. In this issue of Apartment & Living Trends we prove that nothing could be further from the truth. In one apartment splashes of colour and vintage pieces create an atmosphere reminiscent of Old Hollywood glamour. In another a dramatic contemporary loft contrasts the New York skyline. We ve also included a section on boutique developments smaller apartment buildings and terraced townhouses that showcase a variety of different layouts levels and styles of living. Interesting architectural exteriors make these buildings stand apart from their surrounding urban landscapes while creatively designed interiors make a bold statement. 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David Johnson Chairman and Publisher highlights Selected by Home Series Editor Lydia Brewer 84 96 104 This apartment has a different floor plan to the other two in the building each unit is a distinctly unique home with its own outdoor area. Colour connects the kitchen and living areas in this apartment. Here the black island benchtop and feature wall both add drama to the space. The fireplace takes centre stage in this traditionally styled living room. A warm and inviting interior is complemented by the autumn colour palette. More ideas information and inspiration plus the full multimedia experience at Trendsideas.com The Starburst. An eye for LED performance. 50W ELV Dichroic 12W Starburst LED Energy Efficient 12W Consumes only 12 watts of lamp power. Dimmable with conventional phase control dimming systems. 70% energy savings 50 000 Hours 50 000 hours lamp life. Save 250 in operating costs. Cut-out A choice of 92mm gimble or 70mm fixed downlight. 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NEW HOME on sale now at all leading bookstores or visit trendsideas.com is property the best way to fund my retirement seth and Joanna were in the first stages of negotiations to buy an investment property to fund their retirement. however they d never been landlords before and were worried about having their capital tied up in one place. turned out though they had nothing to worry about. they realised they could borrow against the equity in their property. and there were other reasons in favour of property it would provide a steady income and they could use it to help minimise their tax liability while seth continued to work part-time. when did this happen during a conversation with their local westpac bank manager. to find out more visit westpac.com.au premiumfinancialservices or come into your local branch. We talk expert solutions whatever your conversation. Things you should know All loans subject to Westpac prevailing lending criteria. Terms and conditions available on application. Credit provider Westpac Banking Corporation ABN 33 007 457 141 AFS Licence No 233714. WN0493 contemporary apartments Look both ways No matter how great the view modern apartment interiors also have an internal focus with furnishings that make a strong design statement Drama unfolds From the spectacular view to the highly personalised interior this new apartment is a gradual reveal It is rare to find a building site in Sydney s prestigious eastern suburbs that affords a great view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Such a site demands an architectural response that s in keeping with the location. For the Grantham development the solution was to hire the services of renowned architect Alex Popov and to limit the number of apartments to one per floor with a penthouse over two levels. To maximise the reflected light from the water Popov designed a translucent glass facade that gives the building an ephemeral quality. Vertical glazed panels also enhance the sense that the apartment tower floats above the solid sandstone base. While each of the single-level apartments has the same basic floorplate the interiors have been fine-tuned to suit the specific requirements of each owner. The interior of the apartment featured on these pages was a collaboration between the owner and designer Lynn Malone. In keeping with the impeccable design of the Grantham apartments the owner wanted the finishes and furnishings to be equally considered Malone says. One of the key design elements introduced to the interior was custom joinery in darkstained Eveneer Eurocorvino timber veneer which was laid horizontally. Malone lined the entry with the veneer and extended matching cabinetry along one wall of the living room. The panels and cabinets feature 5mm grooves that give the veneer a sleek contemporary look. The joinery imparts a masculine feel but it is not overt says Malone. Using a lighter timber would have given the apartment a beachy look which was not what we wanted. Two dark-stained columns beside a bronze mirrored wall frame the entry to the living room. These add a classical touch and create a sense of arrival. Preceding pages Apartments in the new Grantham building in Sydney s sought-after eastern suburbs feature large balconies. Motorised sunshade blinds screen the outdoor living areas from the afternoon and evening sun in the west. These pages Architect Alex Popov created a translucent glazed facade that incorporates vertical fixed glass panels. These make the building appear to float above the solid sandstone base. 14 more apartments at trendsideas.com The columns were sourced from an Indian temple and are believed to date back to the early to mid-18th century. Malone says other finishes were chosen to provide a neutral but not vanilla backdrop with colour added through the art textiles furnishings and the spectacular views. The owner is gradually acquiring an art collection and significant vintage and antique furniture pieces so the apartment will continue to evolve. Key pieces already include Art Deco and 20th-century furniture purchased by Malone in San Telmo Argentina the Art Deco and antique furniture area of Buenos Aires. These include reupholstered silver-studded dining chairs which were originally in a palace. Other items have been sourced from private estates in the United States. Malone also added custom-manufactured contemporary designer classics such as the Cassini sofa and the Baker Furniture Salon chairs in the living room. A 1980s Heriz area rug from northwestern Iran adds a warm splash of colour to the smooth travertine marble floor which helped inspire the colour palette. The Varenna by Poliform kitchen features Moka and Blanco gloss polyurethane cabinetry and Ivory Montana granite benchtops. Malone says the darker cabinets relate to the darktimber veneer but each surface has its own distinctive finish. To keep the look streamlined there are minimal handles on the cabinetry matt black Danish handles were used for the refrigerator and pantry for easy accessibility. Because the ceiling height was maximised recessed light fittings are integrated into the concrete ceiling slab. These are complemented by lighting in the custom joinery units and ambient lighting provided by decorative floor and table lamps. Preceding pages Antique wood columns from an Indian temple flank the entry which is lined in dark wood veneer. The joinery extends into the living room where it incorporates a gas fire and audiovisual equipment. These pages A bronze-tinted mirror panel on a freestanding wall (left) reflects the city lights by night. The interior provides a neutral backdrop to a growing collection of art and vintage furniture and accessories. more apartments at trendsideas.com 19 Architect Alex Popov Alex Popov & Associates (Sydney) Interior designer Lynn Malone Lynn Malone Pty Ltd (Sydney) assistant to Lynn Malone Evelyn Serrano autoCAD specialist Stuart Gibson Kitchen manufacturer Varenna by Poliform Italy Custom joinery manufacturer Muscat Custom Joinery Balcony landscape designer Scott Williams Bay Street Gardens Blinds Luxaflex Hunter Douglas Stone flooring Travertine Paints Resene Joinery veneer Eveneer Eurocorvino timber veneer from Elton Group Lighting Gamma Illuminations Decorative accessories Becker & Minty Cavit & Co Arida Macleay on Manning Area rugs Cadry s Rugs Flowers and table decorations Grandiflora Furniture Guevara Gallery Jessica Kessler Gallery Space Furniture MCM House Studio Electrica Art Jan Murphy Gallery Martin Browne Fine Art Roslyn Oxley Gallery Fireplace Real Flame Australia Columns importer Orient House Kitchen benchtops Ivory Montana granite from Best Way Marble & Design Ovens Miele Save or share this story at Trendsideas.com go 31100 Above The kitchen is positioned to maximise the views and is designed for easy entertaining. The long Ivory Montana granite benchtop provides a food preparation and serving area. Right A Cassini designer table is paired with restored vintage dining chairs that once graced a palace in Buenos Aires. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jamie Cobeldick 20 trendsideas.com Resort-style living Tiered apartment buildings and lush terraced landscaping maximise privacy views and a tight building site in this new Singapore development Above Apartment buildings in the new Orange Grove Residences development are clustered around a landscaped pool complex. The tiered pools include a children s pool lap pool and Jacuzzi. Facing page A green wall provides a buffer against the traffic noise and creates a lush green backdrop. The pool complex includes a glazed clubhouse which incorporates a gymnasium on the lower level. From the interior fit-outs to the landscaping and common facilities modern high-end residential developments are all about lifestyle. Chong Hock Chang of Ho Bee Investment Ltd the developer of the new Orange Grove Residences in Singapore says the move towards resort-style living reflects a changing market demographic. Invariably clients today are well travelled and they appreciate good architecture that evokes an emotional response he says. They are not just buying bricks and mortar but a whole lifestyle experience. New developments need to be designed to meet these expectations. Chong Hock Chang says location and a degree of exclusivity are key considerations. The Orange Grove Residences tick both these boxes being in the heart of Singapore s premier residential district and providing a particularly high standard of specification in each of the 60 apartments. A modern architectural language was called for in the brief say architects Gieto Sugianto and Ingrid Araneta from Architects 61. The unusually shaped site has a considerable slope from 22 more apartments at trendsideas.com one side to the other says Sugianto. We consequently chose to terrace the apartment blocks and provide space in between the buildings. This not only brings a residential scale to the project but also maximises views and privacy for each apartment. Sugianto says the Orange Grove Residences were restricted to five storeys plus an attic level. Being low-rise the buildings sit comfortably next to a neighbourhood of detached bungalows. The architects say the original design brief proposed an entry from a different street but this was moved to Orange Grove Road. By doing this we were able to provide amenities below street level so they are more private Araneta says. We have also provided a 24 more apartments at trendsideas.com green wall and a water feature to help diffuse the road noise. The wall creates a sound buffer and is an attractive backdrop to the pool area. Araneta says the separate apartment buildings are tiered down the sloping site which helps maintain privacy. The main windows and doors on each apartment are also oriented towards the pool and the clubhouse rather than to the neighbouring properties. To further enhance the resort feel of the development the design team created a separate wing for the master suites which are reached via a glazed bridge element. These suites are at the rear of the apartments so they are some distance from the more public spaces says Araneta. This separation reinforces the sense of retreat. The suites are literally a place to escape for some quiet time. The resort feel is enhanced by integrated bathrooms that create an easy flow between the rooms. Each apartment occupies half the floor of one block but the penthouse apartments feature an attic floor with ceilings that follow the curved roof. The penthouse interior shown on these pages was designed by Cameron Woo of Above left and top Interior designer Cameron Woo created a large great room for this penthouse interior. White piano-shaped sofas and a large framed mirror add a touch of Hollywood glamour. Far left The lush landscaping extends right around the buildings. Above Steel-framed furniture provides a distinctive silhouette and enhances the crisp light and airy look of the interior. more apartments at trendsideas.com 25 Developer Pacific Rover Architect Gieto Sugianto Ingrid Araneta Monnica Manalo Architects 61 (Singapore) Interior designer Cameron Woo Cameron Woo Design (Asia) Civil engineer SCE Consultants Mechanical and electrical engineer Mott MacDonald Singapore Quantity surveyor Davis Langdon & Seah Singapore Construction company Wee Hur Construction Landscaping Sitetectonix Blinds and drapes supplier Blanche Bay Drapery fabric Feu d Artifices by Jim Thompson Upholstery fabric Terrace by Atmosphere Wallpaper Goodrich Global Paints Dulux Living and dining room flooring Marble Bed linen Lane Crawford Story by Colleen Hawkes Exterior photography by Tim Nolan. Interior photography by Masano Kawana View extra image online at Trendsideas.com go 29776 Cameron Woo Design. In light of the jet-setting lifestyle of the target market which covers the greater South Asia region we had a Bollywood actor in mind when we designed the interior Woo says. For this reason also we opted for glamorous touches that are evident right from the moment you step into the private lift lobby which is like a jewelled box. Woo created one large great room rather than a collection of smaller rooms. The main seating area is defined by a custom-designed rug in subtle tones and by pianoshaped sofas inspired by 1930s Hollywood stars. The two brass-framed chairs were influenced by furniture in an old auction catalogue. But while they are based on a vintage design they have a strong modernity says the designer. The dining furniture also has a bold silhouette much like couture fashion it is defined by its form. Flexibility has also been taken into account. The dining table can be moved beside the banquette seating making room for a games table. This interior was designed for entertaining both simple and grand says Woo. Facing page and top In the penthouse master suite simply styled sycamore furniture is paired with a custom-designed chandelier theatrical curtains and a luxurious rug. To highlight the barrel vault ceiling the designer specified a shimmering metallic gold paint finish. Above The television room has a cosy intimacy thanks to the dark purple-brown walls and an overly large custom-designed sofa. more apartments at trendsideas.com 27 Room at the top With its eclectic interior design this apartment makes a bold statement in personal style 28 more apartments at trendsideas.com Some people say living in an apartment means living within the confines of an interior that s the same as all the others in the development. But in this case nothing could be further from the truth. The Macrossan Residences located in Brisbane s central business district stands 37 storeys tall and enjoys expansive views of the city. The building offers mostly full-floor premium residences as well as a selection of standard apartments and commercial space. Residents have access to a wine cellar tasting room undercover pool steam room sauna gymnasium and treatment room. This apartment has an area of around 256m and was furnished by interior design team Rowena Cornwell and Christopher Gyzemyter of Coop Creative. The space is more about style than fashion says Cornwell. We wanted to create an elegant apartment suitable for well-travelled people who have collected pieces over many years and brought them together in their own way. We ve chosen an eclectic mix of furnishings to represent what someone might actually own but on a much more theatrical scale. The interior references several eras from Old Hollywood glamour through to the 1980s. Jewel accents offset a palette of soft water colours and neutrals. We imagined the owners would have lived through the colour-happy 80s so wouldn t be afraid to use colour again but in a more updated way Cornwell says. The designers also played with fabrics introducing different textures including velvet satin and linen. Facing page The breakfast area and sitting room in this apartment is an unusual circular shape which has been emphasised with swivel armchairs. An upholstered bench seat by the window maximises the view. Above Designed for a homeowner with an extensive collection of pieces to display the interior features vintage glassware on the dining table and retro prints throughout. more apartments at trendsideas.com 29 Preceding pages A 6m-long boomerang sofa in avocado satin sits in pride of place in the living area drawing attention to the expansive views of the city. Bold use of colour and black-and-white movie stills throughout the apartment give the space an Old Hollywood feel. Above Colour is continued into the bedroom where teal wallpaper creates a dramatic backdrop for a fuchsia-based artwork. A custom-designed gold chandelier in the living area can also be seen from the bedroom. We intentionally kept the perimeters of the apartment more understated and neutral says Cornwell. As you step back into the space you see bolder colour introduced in unexpected ways. Shades of green are used to frame the expansive view. Several of the furnishings including a 6m-long boomerang sofa in avocado satin were custom designed for the apartment. View more images of this project at Trendsideas.com go 29561 Interior finishes Rowena Cornwell Christopher Gyzemyter Coop Creative (Brisbane Qld) Interior designer Sacha Black BVN Architecture Developer Macquarie Real Estate Equity Funds Architect builder Parkview Lighting and blinds Custom by Coop Creative Furnishings Custom sofa dining suite breakfast settee and rugs by Coop Creative Artworks Coop Creative Glassware Vintage Cabinetry Two pack timber veneer Paint Dulux Kitchen manufacturer Coastline Building Services Benchtops Stainless steel reconstituted stone 32 more apartments at trendsideas.com Splashback Glass Oven cooktop ventilation microwave dishwasher steam oven coffee machine Miele Taps Grohe Bedroom furniture Custom by Coop Creative Bathroom vanity floor and walls Polished travertine Bath Decina Basin Casa Lusso Story by Lydia Brewer Photography by Steve Ryan Above Gold fuchsia and teal accents are continued into the bedroom. The furniture art and wallpaper were custom designed by Coop Creative. Left The bathroom is tiled from floor to ceiling in polished travertine. A brightly coloured ottoman and chocolate tiling on the bathtub add elements of colour to the space. more apartments at trendsideas.com 33 high-rise living Head and shoulders With distinctive facades and innovative material palettes these high-rise apartment projects are defined by their individuality Vertical village Apartment living doesn t have to be impersonal. In this building apartments are arranged in vertical clusters each with its own spacious atrium In days gone by there was never much to differentiate one apartment tower from another. Today however developers and architects are spearheading a move towards a much more innovative design approach for high-rise buildings. Triptych in Melbourne s arts precinct reflects this change of focus. Developed by RI Investment Trust and Stable Group and designed by Nettletontribe the tower has a number of significant features that ensure it stands out from the crowd. Nettletontribe architect Jeremy Bishop says that as well as a vertical garden on the front of the podium the Triptych facade incorporates the largest commissioned work of art on an Australian building. Working with artist Robert Owen we were able to integrate the podium screen and glass facade to fit with his artistic vision Bishop says. This reinforces the building s elegant design and unique arrow-shaped form which was determined by the awkward triangular-shaped site and the need to maximise key views. Owen s work titled Digital Showers Preceding pages The brightly illuminated Triptych residential tower (to the left of the Arts Spire) was designed to engage with its location in the heart of Melbourne s arts precinct. It was also positioned to maximise views in two directions. Left A vertical garden and decorative art facade define the exterior of the Triptych building. The roof of the podium accommodates a landscaped garden and an indoor pool. Above Apartments are grouped around several three-storey atriums which create a series of vertical villages within the tower. more apartments at trendsideas.com 37 presents a prism of colours cascading down the building s exterior. The coloured glass panels are reminiscent of raindrops which flow down to disperse in threedimensional coloured puddles at the base. The building also incorporates an organic cellular pattern that is repeated in key areas including the precast concrete facade. The pattern reappears on the metal screen at the entry on soaring glass walls in the lift lobbies and on the metal gates that lead to each apartment. The cellular pattern is part of the building s DNA says Bishop. It s a very organic artistic overlay for a building that is otherwise angular with a rigid grid it creates an interesting juxtaposition. The organic forms are reinforced by the greenery on the front facade and also by a series of vertical gardens in the lift lobbies. These lobbies group clusters of apartments much like urban villages says Bishop. Each apartment opens off a threestorey atrium that features fully glazed walls and a vertical garden. These communal spaces are the antithesis of a conventional high-rise lobby and passageway says the architect. They are light and airy and provide the benefits of low-rise living by encouraging social interaction. Windows in the atriums allow the flow of fresh air and are controlled by a motorised system that automatically opens and closes the windows depending on the weather. In addition the apartment entranceways allow fresh air to flow into the units without compromising security. The design inspired by old 38 more apartments at trendsideas.com Facing page To improve the cross ventilation each apartment has an exterior lobby behind a lockable gate with an aerated metal screen. The organic cellular pattern of the screen is repeated on balcony screens and glass walls in the atriums. Above and left The interior of this display apartment was completed by Coco Republic Interior Design. The Lauren Ralph Lauren Collection including the walnut Waterfall coffee table was teamed with custom-designed sofas and an area rug in subtle gold and mauve. Bookshelves line one entire wall of the study (left) which has its own door to the balcony. more apartments at trendsideas.com 39 European houses provides a private foyer for each apartment with a lockable gate and aerated screen. The cross ventilation is just one of a large number of sustainable design initiatives in the building. Others include electricity co-generation water harvesting and the use of low-e double glazing and sustainable flooring materials. Although the interior design was master planned by Carr Design the display apartment shown on these pages was completed by Coco Republic Interior Design. Designer Victoria Chapman says the developers wanted a very smart refined interior. But they also wanted to show how classical furnishings from an existing home could be integrated into a highly contemporary apartment design. The area rug provided the starting point for the colour palette Chapman says. The rug has subtle mauve and gold tones which have been picked up in the furnishings. For visual warmth we added walnut furniture from the Lauren Ralph Lauren Collection. The sofas in the living room feature an English cut chenille fabric while the chairs are upholstered in an Elliott Clarke fabric. In keeping with the Ralph Lauren style we have layered colours and textures throughout the apartment Chapman says. The walls are a mix of paint and seagrass paper and we have introduced prints of antique maps and black-andwhite photography. Chapman says it was important not to over-accessorise the interior. Consequently the design team chose dramatic 40 more apartments at trendsideas.com Facing page top The rear wall of the dining room is clad in mirror panels that reflect light and enhance the spacious look of the interior. Facing page lower Outdoor furniture includes a suite with bamboo-style metal legs. A laser-cut rusted metal sculpture features on the wall. Above Living areas open up to a large balcony equipped with barbecue facilities. The large metal screens are adjustable. Left Poliform kitchens in the apartments feature sleek cabinetry with flush doors and drawers. more apartments at trendsideas.com 41 sculptural items for the console in the living room. A bookcase in the study was completely filled with books giving the apartment a lived-in feel. The building s organic overlay has also been picked up in the outdoor furniture which features faux-bamboo metal legs. A rusted laser-cut metal tree sculpture creeps up the wall further enhancing the visual link with the natural world. See additional images online at Trendsideas.com go 31099 Developer RI Real Estate Funds Management with Stable Group Architect Nettletontribe project director Jeremy Bishop Interior design Carr Design this apartment interior completed by Coco Republic Interior Design featuring the Lauren Ralph Lauren Collection Builder Lu Simon Builders Collaborating artist for facade Robert Owen through Arc One Gallery Structural engineer Medland Metropolis Quantity surveyor Napier & Blakeley ESD consultant Cundall Services engineer Medland Metropolis Mechanical services RKH Air-conditioning Project manager Clifton Property Group Perforated screens DBM Handrails Joinery and kitchen manufacturer Poliform Wood flooring Bamboo from Style Australasia Floors by Greensborough Carpets Aurora Floor Coverings Blinds Design Live Stone benchtops and ceramic tiling TTI Stone Contractors Ovens and cooktop Miele Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Andrew Ashton 42 more apartments at trendsideas.com Facing page top and lower and left The master suite includes a spacious dressing room and Poliform wardrobes. Silky textured wallcoverings and soft billowing curtains create a peaceful romantic retreat. The black-and-white French photographs feature silver frames from the Lauren Ralph Lauren Collection. Above Walls in this bedroom are painted in Resene Indian Ink an extra-dark navy blue. The prints on the walls showcase famous bands and singers. The table is from Andrew Martin. more apartments at trendsideas.com 43 The sky s the limit A distinctive new residential development has taken up a commanding position on the island of Penang Sometimes the ideal setting is not as perfect as it first appears and requires a little finessing in order to fulfil first hopes and expectations. For developer Coronation Springs the site earmarked for a high-end residential development looked full of promise it had absolute beach frontage unobstructed panoramic views and proximity to important amenities says managing director Ledand Tan. Unfortunately almost one-third of the 1.03ha site was encroached by sea water and therefore was not suitable for any property development. To resolve this issue we engaged a hydraulic engineer to design an island breakwater and carried out a programme of beach regeneration. With the site stabilised the focus could turn to maximising its many advantages to give residents the lifestyle expected of such a location. Our goal with Springtide Residences was to create a low-density development that played to the strengths of the outdoor environment says Tan. Facing page Before construction could begin on the Springtide Residences designed by Architects 61 developer Coronation Springs had to undertake an extensive programme of beach renourishment and erosion mitigation. A 60m island was built offshore to act as a breakwater. Above As well as the high-rise condominium tower the site includes three private villas. The villas are designed to provide the seclusion of a landed property but with the added benefit of access to the facilities enjoyed by residents of the tower. more apartments at trendsideas.com 45 To that end we specified a built-up area that required the least possible space and would not compromise the integrity of the living environment. The result is a development in which less than 15% of the site has been given over to buildings. The remainder is open and landscaped space says the developer. Architect Jeffrey Ling of Architects 61 says this consideration as well as other legislative requirements had a strong influence on the final design. Firstly the location of the site itself is quite unusual in that it is right on the beach. The government has designated all foreshore land as public domain so the design had to strike the right balance between public accessibility and privacy for residents all within the parameters established by Coronation Springs. The developer had also specified that three stand-alone villas be incorporated into the design. In this instance the site aided the design process. The shape of the site worked as a natural guide to positioning the villas and tower. In this way the buildings work in concert with each other rather than being at odds says Ling. Architecturally they share a similar DNA which provides a visual coherence and distinguishes the development from the neighbouring buildings. Strong horizontal and vertical lines in the form of sunshades have been used to create a compelling exoskeleton-like facade that creates an interplay between solid and void. A dominant design feature on the tower these lines were softened for 46 more apartments at trendsideas.com the villas. While this design unity creates a localised commonality there is a greater context says Ling. The design also works well over the entire site in terms of scale the scale of the villas relates to the bungalows on the northern part of the property while the tower relates to the Tanjung Bungah Hotel to the south. In keeping with the premium location the apartments had to reflect a level of quality in line with expectations for major centres around the world says Ling. Above Open-plan living ensures the expansive vista can be enjoyed from almost every room in the apartment. Natural materials such as timber and marble lend warmth to the interior design and impart a refined ambience. Left Sleek lines and contemporary styling give the kitchen an international appeal. Here too the view takes centre stage. more apartments at trendsideas.com 47 Preceeding pages At 370m2 or 465m2 the apartments at Springtide Residences offer ample space. The large open-plan dining and living area flows from the kitchen perfect for entertaining. Above Natural light is an abundant feature of the master suite. A clean uncluttered look is complemented by the use of timber while recessed blinds contribute to the seamlessness of the design. With a mandate for two apartments only per floor each unit is grand in size 370m or 465m as specified by the developer. Finishes likewise are in keeping with an international sensibility and have been selected to complement the vista enjoyed from each apartment drawing upon natural influences as much as possible. The developer says the overseas market was at the forefront when the project was conceived. From the outset we anticipated that much of the interest in Springtide Residences would come from the expat community. From the design and amenities down to the finishes the project had to exude an international standard that was second to none says Tan. Springtide Residences offers a luxury living experience that is recognised by investors and by industry alike. The International Real Estate Federation of Malaysia (FIABCI) and the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) have both acknowledged Springtide Residences. 50 more apartments at trendsideas.com Architect Jeffrey Ling Architects 61 (Kuala Lumpur) Developer Coronation Springs Interior designer Ken Wong and John Ding Unit One Design Builder North Malaya Builders Civil engineer Arup Jururunding Mechanical and electrical engineer JPR Quantity surveyor Unitech QS Consultancy Landscaping consultant WDI Design Fire consultant Pentronic Engineering Facade finish SKK Compo Silicon W55 Paint Aluminium Cheah Thean Tee Public area flooring Granite flooring from Stone Empire Marketing Lighting Grouplite Engineering Air conditioning HVAC Engineering Plumbing United Plumbing and Sanitation Security system Fair Technologies Lifts Otis Elevator Company Kitchen designer Unit One Design Tiling MML Marketing Flooring Timber flooring from Mixcon Engineering tile flooring from MML Marketing marble flooring from Stone Empire Marketing Shower fittings Crestial from Flow-Line Bath Jason whirlpool bath from Wang Chun Trading Taps Crestial from Flow-Line Tiles Porcelain tiles from MML Marketing Basin and toilet Toto from Wang Chun Trading Awards FIABCI Malaysia Property Award 2010 Residential Development (High Rise) winner PAM Awards 2010 Multiple Residential (High Rise) Honorable Mention Story by Justin Foote Photography by Keat Song See save and share this story at Trendsideas.com go 29621 more apartments at trendsideas.com 51 renovations Clear sighted Whether restoring renovating or building new apartments in an historic building a sense of dialogue with the original structure is vital Building on experience An historic apartment block undergoes a detailed restoration funded by the addition of six brand-new penthouses 54 more apartments at trendsideas.com Whether renovating or building afresh in an historic context establishing an honest relationship between the old and the new is a more dynamic approach than simply emulating what has gone before. In this project restoration of an historic building involved not only demolition and reconstruction but also a significant new-build component. Architect Jennifer Hill says she was asked by the Dungowan apartment building body corporate to find a financially viable way to save and restore the old building. Unearthing its past was an important starting point says Hill. We discovered by searching records that the block had been built in 1918 by respected architects Ross & Rowe. This gave the building architectural significance so with heritage incentives in mind we decided to restore Dungowan inside and out funding the work with the sale of six additional apartments to be built on top at the rear of the structure. To attract funding restoration of the facade had to be exact to the last detail. Preceding pages page This open modern apartment is one of six built on top of the landmark Dungowan apartment building by architectural firm Architectural Projects. Facing page The entire facade was faithfully restored including balconies that had been removed at an earlier date. These now feature frameless glass inserts set back from the facade for an open look from the street. Above Paint scrapings uncovered during the restoration process provided a guide for re-creating the original colour scheme. more apartments at trendsideas.com 55 In most areas missing architectural detail could be copied from another building element says Hill. However all the external cornices had vanished in the 1930s. Through research I found an early photo of the building and with 3D photographic modelling we were able to accurately replicate the originals. Preserving the facade was essential to gaining heritage grants and to this end two existing apartments were sacrificed. A car stacker was inserted in their place to provide parking for the additional units. Positioning the stacker at the rear at ground level meant there was no need to remove the facade at the back to make way for conventional parking. From an interior perspective the restorative work was even more exacting. Dungowan was built in concrete with a high coke-breeze content which is a by-product of coke production. This material has not stood the test of time and as a result the concrete structure needed to be treated and supported by inserting braced timber ceilings says Hill. Facing page Each plank of the tallowood floors was individually recorded and removed then reinstalled in the same location after the concrete slabs had been repaired and supporting ceilings introduced. Above Restoration of the existing apartments included restoring original finishes such as in-situ plaster walls and decoration and the original colour schemes. Lighting fixtures from 1918 no longer existed or were not known so neutral glass elements were used supplemented by new artworks. more apartments at trendsideas.com 57 Existing foyers and front apartments were in good condition so once the new reinforcing timber ceilings were in place these were fully restored. This entailed removing and recording every door and floorboard for later replacement. The rear units were almost completely rebuilt internally walls included but with the same painstaking tracking of doors and floors. While much of the interior could be rebuilt or restored the kitchens and bathrooms were all in a poor condition and had to be replaced. Accordingly new understated kitchen and bathroom inserts were added to the existing apartments across the building. These provide an honest juxtaposition between the old and the new. The quietly contemporary aesthetic of the new penthouse addition at the top of the restored building forms a similar contrast. As the restored ground-floor foyer would serve the old and the new apartments alike it was designed to have relevance for both. The original colour scheme was reinstated and contemporary lighting and artworks were introduced to chime with the new units this balance was a key aspect of harmonising the entire project says Hill. The new apartments can be glimpsed from the street as they step back from the front of the original structure. Quite different in character to the restored units they have sweeping glass frontages that slide back so that interiors run out seamlessly to expansive decks. 58 more apartments at trendsideas.com Above The new penthouse apartments are designed to have a subtle level of detail rather than a minimalist presence in keeping with the units below. Bulkheads disguise changes in ceiling levels and provide space for ambient lighting. The ceilings are in a luminous polished plaster that reflects dappled light from the sea. Left Timber floors help limit bounced light in the new units. They also bring warmth to the spaces and chime with the restored flooring on lower levels. Insert kitchens similar to those in the base building have an understated presence. more apartments at trendsideas.com 59 These apartments are in sympathetic contrast to the existing units says Hill. For example while the new glazing is completely modern the golden rectangle is employed as a principal design form on the addition echoing its prominent use on the original facades. Despite differences of form age and aesthetic the old and the new dwellings have a tight symbiotic relationship. See more images of this project at Trendsideas.com go 30142 60 more apartments at trendsideas.com Architect Jennifer Hill AIA Architectural Projects (Darlington NSW) Interior and kitchen designer Ashley Cairns Architectural Projects Cladding Dulux external membrane Roofing Colorbond by BlueScope Balcony glazing Aneeta sashless windows Tiling Travertine Flooring Bkb Sisal Plain Sand carpet by Bolan Blackbutt timber floors Walls Dulux Armourcoat polished plaster Lighting ECC Blinds Peter Meyer Silent Gliss Floors Carpet floorboards Kitchen cabinetry DSK Ceilings Original building restored plaster new apartment stucco lucido polished plaster Furniture Carlotta side table from Poliform Cardinal Sideboard table from Pierre and Charlotte German Range Cantilever side table and nesting tables Join outdoor table from Anibou Harry Sofa Zanetta Lia chair from Space Aris leather arm chairs and ottoman from Natuzzi Artworks Elizabeth Gibson Daniel Bourke Dane Everett Gary O Reilly Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Brett Boardman Above The indoor buffet continues outdoors as a barbecue. Frosted glass separates it from the nextdoor deck. The original rooftop terrace has made way for broad open decking. The tiled pyramid roof is one of two such corner elements missing at the time of restoration and reinstated by Jennifer Hill. Left The formal living areas face the beach defining a recessed balcony at the corner that continues from the internal space. more apartments at trendsideas.com 61 Up above the city With its raised floor platform and flowing layout this new loft apartment emphasises the building s traditional character and the view New York loft apartments provide some of the city s most sought-after real estate and it s easy to see why. With large factory-style steel windows and spacious interiors lofts have loads of character and charm. This new Tribeca apartment owned by James M Johnson and Paul Hokemeyer and designed by Gary Lee of Gary Lee Partners is one of the first to be built in a landmark building that was originally an industrial manufacturing plant. Architecturally the building was amazing but there were plenty of construction challenges in creating the apartment Lee says. Facing page above and following pages This New York loft apartment is one of two on the 14th floor of a former industrial manufacturing building. Designed by Gary Lee Partners the interior runs the full length of the building. The sculptures are by Albert Stewart. Left As seen in this view from the entry lobby the living spaces are on a raised platform. This was created so the owners could enjoy the views while seated. more apartments at trendsideas.com 63 One of the problems that was overcome early in the planning stage concerned the height of the windows. To ensure the view could be enjoyed while sitting down Lee created a raised platform the floor is two steps up from the entry lobby. This not only made the view more accessible but also provided space for all the mechanical services. With the living spaces positioned around the perimeter of the building Lee designed a central core for the service rooms including the kitchen and bathrooms. Clad entirely in grey oak panelling the core appears as a box-like insertion into the loft space says Lee. The idea of a wooden box is reinforced by grey oak ceilings in the kitchen and hallway to the master suite the kitchen looks as if it is carved out from the box. The lowered ceilings also give the enclosed spaces an intimacy and make them feel more dramatic. The effect is heightened by the apparent 25cm thickness of the walls between the rooms. This detailing appears wherever the box is penetrated says Lee. It provides a real sense of substance and solidity. In contrast the rest of the spacious interior is Facing page The central core of the apartment which contains service rooms resembles a wooden box. Walls both inside and outside the box are clad in grey oak panelling. To enhance the substantial look of this core the walls appear to be 25cm thick. When the door to the kitchen is closed the box-like form is readily apparent. Above Where possible kitchen appliances are integrated into the grey oak cabinetry. more apartments at trendsideas.com 67 Top The formal living furniture on the eastern side of the apartment includes a corner sofa. Linenwrapped floating ceiling panels help to define the different seating areas and provide acoustic insulation. Above and above right A long hallway leads to the master suite. The passage passes a home office one of two offices in the apartment. Built-in shelving is a feature of all the living spaces. light-filled but reflects a similar colour choice. The controlled palette helps ensure that the spaces all relate to each other rather than appear as separate rooms surrounding a monochromatic box says the designer. For this reason also the polished walnut flooring is consistent through all the living areas two home offices and the master bedroom. Because the owners are avid collectors of art especially bronze sculpture the interior is designed to provide a refined subtle backdrop to their collection. Many of the furniture pieces have an appropriate sculptural quality. The owners like to reposition the art so this is not a static interior but rather a space that keeps changing says Lee. Extra-large sliding doors also transform the space depending on whether the kitchen or one of the home offices is open. When closed these doors are flush with the oak panelling returning the box back to its original square form. Suspended ceilings help define the different areas within the large living space. These linen-wrapped ceiling panels also improve the acoustics of the room absorbing sound that would otherwise bounce off the hard surfaces. 68 more apartments at trendsideas.com Interior designer Gary Lee IIDA Gary Lee Partners (Chicago) Builder Taocon Construction Kitchen manufacturer Poliform Flooring Walnut planks Joinery Custom rift cut oak Living room sofa and coffee table dining table section sofa living room chairs sofa bed and bed in master bedroom Chai Ming Studios Paints and varnishes Farrow & Ball Lighting Nulux Nessen Lighting floor lamp Barovier & Toso chandelier in dining room Rugs Sam Kasten Handweaver Tibetan Sculptures Albert Stewart Kitchen cabinetry Poliform with custom rift-cut oak millwork Benchtops CaesarStone Lagos Blue honed stone Splashback Backpainted glass Oven cooktop and ventilation Viking Refrigeration Thermador Kitchen sink Blanco Kitchen taps Dornbracht Tara Classic Bar stools BDDW American black walnut Bathroom wall tiles Stone Source Midwest Walker Zanger Bathroom floor tiles and vanity Moda Sienna Silver stone from Walker Zanger Bathroom taps Hansgrohe Axor Citterio Bathroom basin Lacava Aquamedia Bathtub Americh Quantum hydrotherapy Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Nathan Kirkman Soft furnishings including custom sofas and large area rugs provide further acoustic relief. The master suite at the end of a passage alongside the central core continues the soft grey palette. The bathroom features silver travertine slabs and has full-height mirrored walls around three sides of the vanity. Like the kitchen this internal space incorporates cove lighting strips that impart the look and feel of natural light. See more images and a floor plan online at Trendsideas.com go 30442 Above left Silver travertine slabs in the master bathroom provide a distinctive textural graining. This room also features charcoal-coloured tiles and mirrored walls. Cove lighting reminiscent of daylight helps illuminate the internal rooms in the centre of the apartment. Left The silver-grey colour palette is consistent throughout the apartment. In the master bedroom a variety of textured fabrics provides visual interest. more apartments at trendsideas.com 69 Small parcels Creating a boutique townhouse or apartment development in an established residential neighbourhood often requires the most innovative design response boutique developments Unmistakable identity Each of the four townhouses in this development was designed to maximise the available floor area without compromising privacy or individuality 72 more apartments at trendsideas.com New boutique townhouse developments are invariably a balancing act. On one hand there s the desire to maximise a site s architectural potential while on the other there s the need to accommodate local government regulations designed to protect the existing character of an established residential neighbourhood. This townhouse project by architects Brian Meyerson and Michael Hay of Brian Meyerson Architects Sydney required a number of specific design solutions. Meyerson says although the site could legally accommodate four townhouses its North Bondi location demanded a high standard of fit-out. There was a need to provide separate entries three bedrooms double garaging and outdoor courtyards for each unit all on a relatively small block of land. It was essential that each townhouse have its own identity says Meyerson. The design needed to fit with the low and informal style of the freestanding Californian bungalows and red brick houses in the immediate neighbourhood. We wanted to create a model for smaller family homes that would satisfy people s desire for a patch of their own while avoiding multi-unit blocks in areas where they are not suited. Preceding pages and facing page With their contemporary bay windows adjustable external louvres and individual powdercoated steel screens the four townhouses in this boutique development have a strong sense of identity. Above The townhouse at the northern end of the building opens to a landscaped pool area. more apartments at trendsideas.com 73 Above Horizontal bands of glazing in the northern wall of this end townhouse allow glimpses of the pool and landscaped courtyard. Builtin cabinetry suspended from the wall incorporates a television module with concealed wiring. There is also full-height glazing on the eastern and western sides of the building. As well as providing natural light these windows allow good cross ventilation. Meyerson says the resulting design was based on the traditional terrace housing model which was updated and adjusted to ensure a better balance of privacy and solar access both for the residences and neighbours. To provide a maximum floor area with minimum visual impact the garaging is hidden in a basement. This means there is only one driveway and no garaging fronting the street. However each house has its own pedestrian entry plus an entry from the basement. In addition to two main floors each house also has an attic floor with a third bedroom tucked back from the front of the building. Although the townhouses extend over four levels from the street they appear as twostorey terraces says Meyerson. Separate bays help modulate the visual impact of the facade ensuring it doesn t seem oversized compared to neighbouring properties. The architect says the terraces are somewhat traditional in arrangement but the deep recesses on the front of the building allow light and air to penetrate deeply into each house. Light filters right down through the stair void to reach the spaces below. Privacy is also 74 more apartments at trendsideas.com maintained by ensuring there are no windows overlooking the courtyards. The front facade of each terrace features a punched steel screen powdercoated in a specific colour that helps differentiate the properties. These screens bring a sense of individuality to each house says Meyerson. They also cast richly patterned shadows across the interiors in the late afternoon. External aluminium louvre blinds on the first floor of each terrace are another screening device that helps animate the front of the building. The automated louvres also provide Left Timber veneer cabinetry is a feature of the kitchen in this townhouse. Because the kitchen is open to the living area the cabinets were designed to have a furniture look. An efficient galley-style layout with a lacquered island provides ample space for food preparation and serving. The benchtops feature Calacatta stone. more apartments at trendsideas.com 75 Top and above Deep recesses in the front facade allow light to filter into the stairwell and down through the building. Right The automated external louvre blinds provide privacy and shading and reduce the heat load on the glass at the front of the building. Sliding glass doors open up the first-floor bedrooms to a balcony. 76 trendsideas.com Architect Michael Hay Brian Meyerson Brian Meyerson Architects (Sydney) Builder and developer Trinium Group Interior and kitchen designer Shellee Gordoun Shellee Gordoun Interiors Kitchen manufacturer Southside Enterprises Roofing Zinc Tiling Livingtiles Paints and varnishes Dulux Doors and windows Alspec Door and window hardware AMA Windows and Doors Louvres Turner Bros Home automation Clipsal C-Bus Kitchen cabinetry Eveneer polyurethane Benchtops Calacatta stone Splashback Stainless steel Sink Franke Kitchen appliances Miele Bathroomware Rogerseller Bathroom vanity Carrara marble Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Tyrone Branigan privacy and reduce heat loads on the glass of the rooms facing west. The contemporary design elements continue on the interior. Even though they were working with a tight floorplan the architects provided separation for the entry and living area. Glazing is another key feature with all terraces having extensive glazing on the east and west. This arrangement also provides cross ventilation so there is seldom a need for air conditioning. The end townhouse featured on these pages has two additional narrow bands of glazing on the northern side and sliding doors opening to a landscaped outdoor living area and pool. Two banks of cabinetry are suspended above the window bands secured by steel beams. Because the living area is open plan the kitchen was designed as a piece of furniture with appliances integrated into the timber veneer cabinetry where possible. A stone and steel staircase leads to the master suite and second bedroom on the first floor and the third bedroom on the second floor. See more images of this project online at Trendsideas.com go 30143 Above left The powdercoated steel screen on the exterior of each townhouse forms a distinctive visual element within the master bathroom. Contemporary fittings in the suite include a cantilevered timber veneer vanity with a Carrara marble top. more apartments at trendsideas.com 77 Black and white Contrast is key for these townhouses between old and new and light and dark In a suburb of single dwellings a set of four townhouses could look out of place. For these residences in a suburban area it was important to create architecture that didn t contradict surrounding properties. In addition the existing house at the front of the section was a protected 1880s Queenslander adding another design element to the equation. Kon Panagopoulos of KP Architects was approached to renovate the existing Queenslander and develop four attached townhouses to fit into the back section a tight 1700m . Creating a set of residences that respected the existing historic house and its suburban neighbours was the top priority he says. Most importantly we didn t want to build homes that would be out of context says Panagopoulos. But attempting to replicate the ornate design of the house at the front of the property wasn t going to work either. In the end we decided to build townhouses that complemented their surroundings by contrasting them. We would pay homage to the existing architecture by creating a juxtaposition of styles he says. The houses were designed with two storeys at street level and an additional two on the slope below. On the top level sit the bedrooms with louvres providing privacy from the neighbours. A kitchen and dining area is located at street level with the main living area stepped slightly below. On the bottom level is a separate living area designed for families with teenage children or for someone who works from home. 78 more apartments at trendsideas.com The kitchen was designed as the core of each home with the other living spaces constructed around it. Although it is one of the narrowest spaces in the house the kitchen was crucial says Panagopoulos. It s the first thing you see when you walk through the entrance and it connects all the other areas he says. As with all terraced townhouses the amount of space we had for windows was limited and the site was south facing. Because of this there was a real risk that the houses would be too dark. So another major concern was letting in as much light as possible without creating a feeling that was too clinical. A monochromatic colour scheme accented with spotted gum flooring was used throughout the interior. The houses are long and narrow so the idea was to create an illusion of space without being cold. I wanted to break up the use of light colours with dramatic black and soft-hued timbers. The living area was stepped down Facing page This set of four townhouses intentionally juxtaposes the ornate architecture of the 1880s historic Queenslander at the front of the site. Timber panelling and aluminium louvres create a bold design statement. Above To fit in with the architecture of the neighbourhood the townhouses have only two storeys above street level. An additional two levels are built into the slope below. more apartments at trendsideas.com 79 Above Glass balustrades allow light from the skylight above the stairwell into the kitchen. Black veneer cabinets and spotted gum timber flooring add depth to the space. Facing page To create a larger roof cavity the main living area is stepped down from the kitchen and dining rooms. A monochromatic colour scheme breaks up the white walls while maintaining a sense of space. from the kitchen to create more roof space and a skylight was installed above the stairwell to let in more light. We used glass balustrading in the stairway to allow natural light from the skylight into the kitchen and living area as well as into the bedrooms upstairs says Panagopoulos. Within the main living areas the architect played with height positioning the dining living and kitchen areas on different levels of the house to create a distinction between the spaces. 80 more apartments at trendsideas.com Above The architect played with levels in the living area creating definition between the kitchen dining living and outdoor spaces. A long narrow skylight lets light into these areas. Facing page An outdoor living area connects with the main living room and maximises views. The form of the skylight is mimicked in the roofing above the deck and in the window in the living room. Architect Kon Panagopoulos AIA ACA KP Architects (Brisbane Qld) Builder Mikat Constructions Roofing Lysaght Tiling National Tiles Flooring Feltex Paint Dulux Lighting Lumen8 Doors and windows G.James Doors and window hardware Ingersoll Rand Blinds Dedece Kitchen designer KP Architects Cabinetry Euro Corvino Eveneer Benchtops Smartstone stainless steel Splashback Colourback glass Sink and taps Reece Oven Neff Cooktop Highland Ventilation Qasair Dishwasher Fisher & Paykel Story by Lydia Brewer Photography by Scott Burrows View more images and a plan online at Trendsideas.com go 29645 82 more apartments at trendsideas.com Together yet separate When is an apartment not an apartment Each of the three units in this development has the look and feel of a stand-alone house Above To bring a residential scale to this apartment development each of the three units has a different design and floorplan. The apartments also feature projecting concrete awnings and large outdoor living areas. Timber screens including sliding screens on the upper levels add a distinctive textural element to the exterior. Because the site has a steep slope the apartments step down the hillside. Economies of scale mean most apartment developments replicate floorplans on each level. But this is not always the best solution. For this apartment project the opposite applied each of the three units needed to have a different look and feel says architect Joseph Alliker of Rudolfsson Alliker Associates Architects. The client wanted the apartments to be more like individual houses not copies of each other. Each apartment needed to have its own outdoor living area and privacy. It was important that wherever possible these areas would not be overlooked. Alliker says the steep site which slopes down from the street and two mature trees also influenced the design. Being able to terrace the units provided opportunities to maximise views and privacy and to create something different for each one. For example we were able to incorporate a courtyard for the lower apartment. This was centred on a mature jacaranda a tree that has since had to be replaced. But as the new tree grows its canopy will be a feature of the view from the middle unit. Contemporary architecture 84 more apartments at trendsideas.com was another key requirement of the design brief and is reflected in the layering of horizontal and vertical planes and a restricted material palette. The exterior is mostly exposed concrete white render and timber screens says Alliker. Projecting horizontal concrete awnings wrap around each level while the timber screens provide a contrasting verticality. Above The garden apartment shown on these pages highlights the spacious open-plan interiors that are a feature of all units. The kitchen cabinetry includes a contemporary furniture-style peninsula with a mirrored front. Left At street level there is little evidence of the scale of the development. The apartments share a common entry although there is also a separate entry for the unit on the top level. more apartments at trendsideas.com 85 Preceding pages Travertine tiled flooring features throughout each apartment creating uniformity and an easy flow between living spaces. The living area in the garden apartment features clerestory windows and large expanses of glazing that provide a view of a courtyard as well as the garden in front. Each apartment features wide openings with sliding glass doors that allow a seamless transition between inside and out. Ceilings in the living areas are also high to enhance a sense of space and there are clerestory windows right around the living areas to provide additional natural light. Alliker says the open-plan living areas incorporate kitchens which were designed to be unobtrusive. For example the peninsula cabinetry in the garden apartment shown on these pages has a contemporary furniture look. With its mirrored front panel the cabinetry also helps to make the living area appear more spacious. White lacquered cabinets and a matching refrigerator ensure the kitchen blends in with the rest of the interior. Concealed pocket doors can be pulled to close off the dining and kitchen area from the living room. The sense of openness extends to the master suites which each feature an integrated bathroom with a freestanding tub. The bedroom and bathroom can be separated by sliding doors if required. Frosted glass doors open to a separate shower and toilet room. 88 more apartments at trendsideas.com Architect Joseph Alliker Rudolfsson Alliker Associates Architects Emily Knight Design (Sydney) Developer Lily Lin Ross Steele Consulting engineer O Hearn Consulting Landscape designer 360 Construction company SX Projects Kitchen manufacturer Auswide Kitchens Timber screens Screenwood Tiling in common areas Teneriffe Gray from Epic Stone Security Clipsal C-Bus Doors and windows Cath Aluminium Australia Door and window hardware Halliday & Baillie Exterior paint Wattyl Solagard Lighting Gamma Illumination Interior tiling Coliseum travertine from Sareen Stone Carpet Cavalier Bremworth Interior wall paint Wattyl Kitchen cabinetry Lacquered Benchtops and splashback CaesarStone Sink Franke Taps Sussex Taps Oven cooktop and dishwasher Miele Ventilation and microwave AEG Refrigeration Jenn-Air Bathroom taps Scala by Reece from Sussex Taps Basins Duravit Vero Bathtub Kaldewei Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Kata Bayer Above left The master bedroom is open to the bathroom where a freestanding tub forms a sculptural centrepiece. All the bedrooms in the garden apartment open to a private courtyard. Legend to plan of garden apartment 1 entry 2 dining room 3 kitchen 4 living room 5 bedrooms 6 master suite 7 laundry 8 lift 9 storage 10 wine cellar 11 courtyard 12 garden. More images and plans at Trendsideas.com go 29488 more apartments at trendsideas.com 89 Solid footing Considering stepping into the property investment market Westpac has plenty of helpful advice If you re ready to invest your hard-earned savings there are many approaches to consider. Entering into the property market is one option but with so many variables involved it makes sense to have sound fiscal experience in your corner. The same friendly people you trust to protect your short- and long-term funds are also on hand to provide professional insights here. Westpac recognises high earners are some of its most important customers so the bank offers a premium service to these clients your own personal relationship manager. Its financially savvy managers are available to help you with all your banking needs from protecting your assets to deciding whether to invest in property. Here s a case in point. A couple let s call them Paul and Jane had been considering buying an investment property to help fund their retirement but were wondering if it was the right choice. Or would they be more comfortable investing in shares Scott Kesby relationship manager of Westpac Premium Financial Services talked through the couple s options and helped in their decision. Paul and Jane were on the property side of the shares or property debate. They hadn t These pages This property is typical of the type of asset investors may consider with renovation an option to increase rental yield. The Rathdowne is a boutique residential development in inner-city Melbourne. SJB Architects was commissioned to modernise and upgrade the property. The building was extended at the rear whilst conserving the graceful exterior. The Rathdowne s 14 generously proportioned splitlevel apartments reflect the scale and heritage of their urban location. view article online at trendsideas.com go 31199 91 Above Two adjacent units were merged into one to create the interiors featured here. A balanced overview merged the best aspects of the original architecture with elements that make the apartments attractive to a modern lifestyle. The project reflects integrity towards the past as well as to the needs of the present. This kind of balanced approach means owner investors are often able to leverage rental yields at the higher end of the market for comparable locations. however been landlords before and Kesby wanted to make sure they were aware of what s involved. First he had them talk to a Westpac financial planner to compare property to investments in shares and managed funds. And then Kesby asked them these questions Would you feel more comfortable with a tangible asset This is an emotional benefit of owning property some people just feel more satisfied and comfortable knowing they ve invested in something they can see and touch. Are you aware of the potential tax benefits The purchase of an investment property could be used to help minimise your tax liability. Plus several costs including the fees of a property manager may be tax deductible. Because buying property is such a large investment it is important that you get expert tax advice on these potential tax advantages. After everything that Kesby and the couple discussed Paul and Jane felt comfortable being landlords. They had the time and weren t worried about their capital being tied up. 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To benefit from Westpac Premium Financial Services contact the relevant state manager for your area. Details are listed on the website www.westpac.com.au ContactPFS. To view share and save this article online go to Trendsideas.com go 31199 Top and above Rooms are separated by tall cavity sliders to draw attention to the high ceilings. In the same way internal walls are positioned to avoid disturbing original window placements. The existing red brick facade can be seen from the interior. Features such as these in a property ensure a supply of upmarket tenants prepared to pay premium rents to owner investors. view article online at trendsideas.com go 31199 93 products & services Showing initiative Sustainability and trendsetting design can go hand in hand as these Poggenpohl show kitchens demonstrate 96 view article online at trendsideas.com go 31163 Pioneering green kitchen design has had many spin-offs for the German manufacturer of these kitchens. Poggenpohl s sustainable design initiatives have not only benefitted clients and the planet but many of the concepts developed by the company have now become law in Europe. Colin Kippax manager of Poggenpohl Australia says responsibility for the future is embedded in the corporate culture of the company. Poggenpohl has long been recognised for its leading-edge kitchen designs but the company has also taken a lead with sustainability. Our kitchens are made from sustainable wood resources and all the paints and lacquers are solvent free. Poggenpohl has also been an industry leader in eliminating the use of formaldehyde. Kippax says Poggenpohl s Green kitchen can even be deconstructed and reinstalled in a new location providing big savings in resources. Our Poggenpohl design team has a wealth of knowledge and experience and can design kitchens from a mid price range right up to the high-end bracket. For more details contact Poggenpohl Australia. Qld Da Vinci Designs 46 Douglas St Milton 4064 phone (07) 3367 8955 NSW A La Carte Design 118 Edgecliff Rd Woollahra 2025 phone (02) 9369 1766 Vic Pepper Kitchens & Interiors 213 Bay St Brighton 3186 phone (03) 9530 6680. Website www.poggenpohl.com.au. View save or share this story at Trendsideas.com go 31163 Above left Poggenpohl s new Artesio kitchen was presented for the first time at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile International Furniture Fair in April. Developed in collaboration with renowned architect and designer Hadi Teherani the kitchen unifies furniture design and architecture. Top and above Other Poggenpohl innovations include the Plus Modo (top). The kitchen above introduces the Creative Accents palette. view article online at trendsideas.com go 31163 97 fisherpaykel.com.au Pride of place A sleek showcase for a prized wine collection Transtherm Prestige offers high-tech storage Gone are the days when a wine collection lovingly amassed over a number of years lay hidden from view in a dusty cellar or corner of the garage. Transtherm a well-established name in the wine storage and beverage centre industry has now released the Transtherm Prestige and Transtherm Elegance ranges. Transtherm Prestige cabinets are presented in high-end finishes including classic black brushed aluminium steelclad and exotic wood veneers. Hand-built in France these chic wine cabinets are made for the social limelight looking the part in the most refined setting. As well as introducing a sleek decor feature their presence demonstrates at a glance that the owner is serious about wine and correct storage. With crystal white LEDs and sliding beech wood shelves the Prestige units feature tinted glass fronts and dark spacious interiors that protect contents from harmful UV rays. Alternatively the Transtherm Elegance range has solid doors or can be integrated into the joinery. This range is for those who prefer their collection to be subtly included in their living spaces. In storage terms both ranges eliminate temperature variations which denature wines and also maintain humidity levels above 65% so corks don t dry and crack letting damaging air oxidise the wine. For details on Vintec appliances phone 1800 666 778. Website www.vintec.com.au. View save and share this story online at Trendsideas.com go 29853 This page This wine-lover s apartment benefits from the aesthetic impact and precision storage capability of ranked Transtherm Prestige cabinets. 100 view article online at trendsideas.com go 29853 Free spirit A single long floating flame inside a contemporary fireplace Illusion is the latest innovation from Real Fires A fireplace is often specified in a modern home to provide ambience and a focal point in the room rather than purely for winter warmth. Real Fires has designed and produced aspirational gas fires in New Zealand for the past 13 years and due to increasing demand its products are now available in Australia. Illusion its latest innovation is primarily designed for the ambience it creates ensuring it can be used comfortably all year round. At 1.8m-wide Illusion looks like a long flame floating between two pieces of glass and its low gas usage makes it economical to run. Director Ali Scott says that Illusion s modern look makes it ideal for contemporary homes. It doesn t have a high heat output so it can supplement existing heating in the winter or create a focal point in a room all through the year. Illusion can be open or enclosed in a corner or double sided. All models can run off piped natural gas or bottled LPG. It can be built into a new home where because it requires only a shallow 300mm cavity it takes up very little space. This also makes it easy to retrofit it into the wall cavity in an existing house. Contact Real Fires NZ phone (09) 444 7331. Email ali realfires.co.nz. Website www.realfires.co.nz. View save and share this story online at Trendsideas.com go 30184 Above Illusion from Real Fires is an all-glass flued fireplace with a very clean contemporary look no trim logs or coals. It is operated by a wall switch. view article online at trendsideas.com go 30184 101 Simply effective Fully programmable and operated by a wireless remote control the latest fire from Real Flame will heat your home quickly and efficiently 102 view article online at trendsideas.com go 29396 Modern technology allows fireplaces today to provide our homes with the warmth and ambience of an open fire and to take account of increasing concerns for the environment all without sacrificing aesthetics. Real Flame designs and manufactures a suite of gas fireplaces that combine good looks with functionality while having a minimal impact on the environment. As well Real Flame s exclusive Power Flue system ensures its gas fireplaces can be installed into high-rise apartments or homes with rooms that have no access to an external wall. A recent addition to Real Flame s Pyrotech range is the new Pyrotech Deluxe model. This high-tech fireplace offers all the benefits of other Real Flame fireplaces plus a number of convenient extra features. These include a full wireless remote control a seven-day programmable timer that allows four individual settings per day a modulating thermostatic control an auto two-speed fan and electronic ignition. National sales manager for Real Flame Jeff Collins says that these features ensure the Pyrotech Deluxe gas fire is highly efficient and at the same time easy to operate. As well it has an impressive gas energy rating of 4.36 stars he says. Most high-efficiency gas fires with four or more stars start to lose their flame appeal but the Pyrotech Deluxe still creates comfortable warmth and a sense of romance in any home. For more information or the address of your nearest Real Flame showroom or dealer contact the head office phone (03) 8706 2000. Website www.realflame.com.au. View save and share this story online at Trendsideas.com go 29396 Facing page A Real Flame gas fireplace creates a warm focal point in the living areas of this contemporary interior. Above Gas fireplaces from Real Flame are equally at home in a more traditionally styled living area. This fireplace not only adds to the ambience of the room but it is also environmentally friendly and efficient to run. view article online at trendsideas.com go 29396 103 Click into place Durability longevity and ease of installation Tarkett floors offer all this and more 104 view article online at trendsideas.com go 31115 Many of us enjoy the look and feel of a wood floor but can be put off by the need for ongoing maintenance. Fortunately there are alternatives that combine form and function to create a superior product. For more than 100 years Tarkett has produced a range of flooring solutions that now includes laminates says national marketing manager John Thomas. Tarkett s vision is to be the global leader in innovative flooring solutions that generate value for consumers in a variety of ways. Our range of laminate flooring is the modern choice for floors with the appearance and durability of hardwood but with added technological innovations that ensure a higher level of wear tear and stain resistance. The company s new 2-lock system also makes installing the floors easier and faster than ever before. Not only is it easier to work with the 2-lock system audibly clicks into place proof that the boards are safe and secure. Also only one person is required to lay the floors even in the largest of rooms. Further innovations include a patented anti-slip micro structure that increases the slip resistance of Tarkett flooring and the Tech 3S water resistance treatment which protects the flooring at the joins. For more information contact Tarkett Australia 16 Anella Avenue Castle Hill NSW 2154 phone (02) 8853 1200. Email customerservice tarkett.com or visit the website www.tarkett.com.au. View save and share this article online at Trendsideas.com go 31115 These pages Flooring innovator Tarkett has been providing flooring solutions to the residential and commercial sectors for more than 100 years. The company s newest laminate flooring the 832 Collections available in Cool Jungle Woodstock Vintage and Lamin Art ranges combine looks inspired by nature with technological advances to provide a product that is easy to install has increased durability and is suited to any interior. PEFC certification ensures raw materials are exclusively sourced from renewable forests. view article online at trendsideas.com go 31115 105 Open-door policy Contemporary sliding doors provide privacy when needed without impeding an open-plan layout 106 view article online at trendsideas.com go 29618 Even with the current trend for open-plan living there is still a desire for a degree of privacy from time to time. The simplest way to achieve this is by closing a door. Conventional hinged doors are no longer the way to provide this privacy as they encroach upon a space when open and can spoil the overall look says Todd Hardie CS Group marketing manager. CS Group products allow rooms to flow seamlessly from one to another maintaining open areas or expansive views. Our internal cavity sliding door systems are particularly popular with developers of modern apartment buildings and were selected for Lumiere Apartments in Sydney and Soul in Surfers Paradise. Now in its 25th year CS Group has built a reputation based on innovation and a focus on quality says general manager Nicola Cuthbert. CS Group works closely with leading architects and designers as well as developers and builders to deliver pioneering solutions on time every time. CS Group products are available in a range of sizes and with timber or aluminium jambs. Frameless glass options are also offered as is a full range of hardware options and track systems. To contact CS Group 43 9 Powells Rd Brookvale NSW 2100 phone (02) 9905 0588 fax (02) 9905 7088. Email cssyd cavitysliders. com.au or visit the website www.cavitysliders.com.au. View this article online at Trendsideas.com go 29618 These pages Established in 1986 CS Group is a leading designer and manufacturer of cavity sliding doors for the residential and commercial markets. Known for its innovation the company produces a range of door solutions that include fullheight corner-meeting jambless frameless and multiple sliding door units. view article online at trendsideas.com go 29618 107 Minimalist air Bringing an understated look to your bathroom the award-winning Monolith slimline cistern from Geberit is also simple to install Whether building new or upgrading your existing bathroom the toilet cistern can be hard to reconcile with the rest of the room. Concealing it behind the wall is one solution but there is an easier answer. A European leader in smart bathroom technology Geberit offers solutions that are attractive and functional says national marketing manager Leonie Nichols. The Geberit Monolith WC module is a case in point an alternative to toilets with a visible cistern says Nichols. The design hides the cistern behind a sleek glass panel bringing a minimalist look that harmonises with any bathroom decor. This design has won several international accolades including the prestigious IF Product Design Award in Germany. The Monolith WC is installed easily and speedily with no need for structural alterations in most cases connecting directly to existing water and waste water outlets. All valves are directly accessible for easy maintenance The Monolith is available in mint green black or polished white glass all finished with brushed aluminium trim. Geberit also retails flushing actuators with an equally minimalist sculptural air. For more contact Geberit phone (02) 9889 7866. Email sales.au geberit.com or visit the website www.geberit.com.au. To save and share this story online go to Trendsideas.com go 30681 Above Geberit offers products that bring harmony to your bathroom. These include the Geberit Monolith WC module and chic flushing actuators. 108 view article online at trendsideas.com go 30681 subscribe & save hoMe series taster 35 The perfect quick fix either for yourself or as a gift. Our five-book package consists of New home Trends (2) Apartment & Living Trends Kitchen Trends and Bathroom Trends. hoMe series coMplete 62.50 For the serious home enthusiast. The full ninebook home series package consists of New home Trends (2) Apartment & Living Trends (2) Kitchen Trends (2) Bathroom Trends renovation Trends and holiday home & Outdoor Living Trends. coMMercial & hoMe 95 calling all design aficionados. 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