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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

The love building in Leveson street, North Melbourne, ViC Australia by CHT

 
May 31st, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: CHT

For the second year in a row, CHT architects has been shortlisted from the Victorian Field of entrants for a multi-residential aia award. This year’s successful residential project is the lOVe Building, located at 85 leveson street North melbourne among Victorian terrace houses, warehouses and low rise contemporary apartments.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

  • Architects: CHT
  • Project: The love building
  • Location: Leveson street, North Melbourne, ViC  Australia
  • Photography: John Gollings
  • Property: multi residential
  • Site area: 602sqm
  • Budget: $5.3m
  • Storeys: Four storeys
  • Design Director: ivan Turcinov
  • Project Director: david Carabott
  • Project leader: Nathan Byron
  • Documenter: andreas Hudaja
  • Consultants strucutral: Bonacci Group
  • Construction: element Five

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

The building contributes to the discourse of expressive and innovative apartment buildings in melbourne and comprises 21 one- and two-bedroom apartments over four storeys. The building pays homage to different uses of brickwork, from decorative brickwork in local Victorian architecture to more contemporary examples of polychromatic brickwork and the rational use of bricks in neighbouring industrial building.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

it also takes cues from ‘brick expressionism’ – whereby facades are enlivened through decorative brickwork – and the use of text in architecture: the main facade’s  balconies and canopies form the letters ‘l-O-V-e’. The letters ‘l’ and ‘E’ were the first to appear at sketch
design phase, after which, the idea  of working with text evolved, and the ‘O’ and ‘V’ were added. The artwork of Barbara Kruger, which juxtaposes  images and text, was of interest during this phase– in particular, the effect of re-scaling typography.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

The abutment of the decorative leveson street facade and the plainer Bendigo street facade holds the  corner of the two streets; the latter elevation remains relatively austere, responding to the nature of Bendigo street as a secondary road.

The development’s innovative use of brickwork, traditionally a residential material, overcomes the challenges involved with designing a medium-rise residential building, in a mixed-use precinct, and incorporating a finer grain of detail, as is associated with residential architecture.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Ordinary house bricks, of varying colours and set in a pattern, maximise the building’s visual appeal. The project is testament to the idea that high-end materials are not always necessary in the creation of well resolved, visually interesting buildings.

The team is looking forward to the aia Victorian Chapter Presentation on June 20, when the australian institute of architects will announce the state winners.

Image Courtesy © CHT

Image Courtesy © CHT

Image Courtesy © CHT

Image Courtesy © CHT

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