The original brief was to simply replicate the existing apartment layouts, but early studies indicated this approach was prohibitive within the project budget. Following an analysis of the existing layouts (to understand what worked well and what didn’t in relation to liveability and operationally), Archipelago redesigned the apartments to provide an equitable level of amenity but within a significantly reduced footprint and with consideration given to how technology and operational requirements have changed over the years.
Each apartment still achieved cross ventilation and daylight to all rooms, private gardens by way of balcony planters, an open plan kitchen, living and dining area and a dedicated study nook as well as extensive personal storage. The floor space reduction was achieved primarily through better planning of overlapping uses and reduction of otherwise wasteful circulation space.
Materials and finishes were selected to provide a neutral, domestic backdrop to allow residents to make the spaces their own.