This project, titled SODA Apartments, is like something out of the backdrop of a futuristic movie. It was created in a collaborative effort between the architect and the developer. Those involved shared the same belief with regard to building reuse, rather than simply demolishing and rebuilding.
The Australian architecture firm, Gresley Abas Architects, were responsible for the projects overall delivery. It was no small challenge, given that the existing building contained heritage status and required a delicate touch to renovation work.
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The project, completed in 2014, is based in the city of Northbridge and consists of an area of 1,350-square-meters. All told, there are 13 units spread over the building’s four storeys.
The SODA Apartments represent the outcome of an ideal relationship between Architect, Builder and Developer. A shared enlightened attitude towards the delivery of inner-city dwellings within an existing heritage building shell, SODA Apartments culminates in a 13-unit apartment building over 4 storeys. 85% of the dwellings have a northerly orientation and all dwellings have cross-ventilation. – Gresley Abas Architects
The apartments range in sizes from 52 to 140 square meters. Given their relatively small footprint, Gresley Abas Architects had to go about producing innovative spacial solutions.
The tight site configuration resulted in unusual apartment configurations; eg. 2-storey maisonettes were designed with living areas elevated to the upper floor for northerly access to the living areas and outdoor terraces, whilst bedrooms are located below with unique ‘periscope’ windows designed to overcome issues of acoustics, fire protection, privacy & security. – Gresley Abas Architects
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