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.
MY80 in Melbourne, Australia by Hayball
December 6th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Hayball
The building’s diverse vertical neighbourhood features retail tenancies, commercial premises and residential dwellings.
MY80 offers residents a range of lifestyle services catering to a sophisticated set of high-rise dwellers seeking communal spaces and facilities not found in older buildings. These include a lounge and terrace, residents dining area, swimming pool and sauna, cinema and business centre on level 1, and a rooftop bar and terrace with impressive views (level 53). The apartments are structured to be affordable, with the dual communal areas providing generous specialised spaces – such as the dining room with designer kitchen for entertaining on a large scale – that complement private apartment living.
The drive for more lifestyle facilities in part arises by the pressure on apartment sizes from construction and land costs. High design quality means that smaller spaces can still excel. At MY80, every last square metre is maximised from a design point of view, and what is on offer within the tower is complementary to what’s available locally.
At ground level are two retail spaces– one at the A’Beckett Street corner and one to the Elizabeth Street frontage.
The distinctive form of the residential tower creases and folds create a memorable silhouette. The tower is developed as a strident, singular expression, wearing a richly detailed yet rhythmic skin. The folded geometry is reflected in the predominantly horizontal articulation of the tower, with the use of fluid, vertical elements providing an organic connection between each level of the building. The curved junctions between horizontal and vertical components serve to soften the façade, framing compelling views of the city and beyond from apartment balconies. Contrasting pale concrete with grey glazing and metal cladding enhance the dynamic façade, making an indelible impression on the city skyline.
At street level a textured skin of glazing with expressed vertical mullions comes alive with horizontally expressed boxes forming balconies and shared spaces inside. Building entries are recessed with a distinct flush glazed treatment. Public and communal spaces enrich the activity of the tower. The building’s ground floor is occupied by retail, with a residents’ lounge and business centre as a mezzanine to the main foyer. A double height communal terrace on level 15 delivers a pool, kitchenette, barbecue and cinema. A communal terrace and sky lounge at the top of the building crown MY80.
MY80’s interior remains true to the architecture, bringing inside the exterior’s contrasting lines, curves and rhythms. External features are reflected throughout the interior, from the linear lighting to the curves of the occupied walls and bulkheads, as well as the ‘positive-negative’ theme. One of the core ideas of the building is the carving out of an articulated form and the resulting rhythm between the ‘positive’ and ‘negative’. In places, seating appears to be cut out, rather than attached to, the walls, while curved tables are complemented by chairs with strong geometric lines.
The idea of ‘activity over linked levels’ is key to the design concept – vertical linkages manifest themselves through occupied or activated walls in both the apartments and common areas. Meetings – either by chance or mediated between people – reinforce connections and instil occupants with the sense that they can reach beyond a single level.
Hayball is one of Australia’s largest design practices, and specialises in architecture, interior design and urban planning. Over 30 years, the company has realised hundreds of projects across Australia, South-East Asia and China – from single and multi-residential buildings to schools and universities, commercial developments and urban design for entire suburbs.