Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Marine Parade Apartments in Maroubra, Australia by Smart Design Studio (designed using MicroStation)
March 24th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Smart Design Studio
This building in Maroubra, Australia accommodates four luxury apartments- one per floor plus a carpark/ services level that is built into the hill. Maroubra has incredible natural beauty with its rocky cliffs, white beaches and crystal blue waters but the urban fabric is unconsidered, uninteresting and largely in decay. Smart Design Studio capitalised on this unique setting by creating a building that focused on the wonderful view from within and, through strong form, has created a handsome building in profile to enhance the urban fabric of this area.
This apartment building can be considered in three parts:
As well acknowledging the potential of this headland setting, the form of the building envelope was developed to not obstruct neighbouring views and to minimise overshadowing to adjacent properties. Without meeting this requirement, the building would have not been approved by the local consent authority.
The materials used also were selected for their ease of cleaning and durability in this extremely windy and harsh marine environment. This contemporary building acknowledges the environmental constraints of the site as well as its prominent location in Maroubra Beach. This simple and well-proportioned building replaced an existing eyesore and complements the local urban fabric.
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