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November 27, 2012

A Contemporary Take On Multi-Residential Architecture

A Contemporary Take On Multi-Residential Architecture

Project: A'Beckett Tower
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Architects: Elenberg Fraser
Completion: 2010
NON-ALPOLIC

While designing A’Beckett Tower, the architects at Elenberg Fraser sought a solution to combat a desiccated landscape. Through the use of sunshades, the building’s interior was successfully protected from excessive solar penetration. Yet, by the time of its construction, a La Nina had replenished the landscape leaving the building’s solar accommodations as a reminder of Australia’s environmental past and potential future.

Examining Goethe’s Theory that color is a result of its interaction with light, the architects became fascinated with “…how the body reacts and processes the blended and indistinct colour field.”

Differentiating from the surrounding buildings, the exterior façade features 347 louvers in 16 different colors. The fluidity of the building’s alternating color palette is apparent when viewing the louvers at different perspectives.

Contrasting with the exterior, the interior is devoid of color, focusing on this absence through the use of black and white hues. Each room features operable sliding walls that allow you complete customization over your living space.

An additional feature of the tower is its parking garage. Embracing the newest technologies, the garage employs elevators for the cars as a means of eliminating the need for exterior ramps. The building’s innovative design and modern interior create a contemporary take on multi-residential living.

photos © Peter Clarke + John Gollings via Elenberg Fraser

information © Elenberg Fraser

DISCLAIMER: This project does not feature ALPOLIC Materials. The Architecture, Design and Sustainability sections of our blog are for global projects that we find remarkable.

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