These Apartments Challenge the Great Australian Dream of the Quarter-Acre Block

In Australia, we’ve almost been conditioned to view apartments as something temporary until you can move out to the suburbs in your detached home on a quarter-acre block, most likely with your 2.3 children and dog. However, Aurburn Road is an apartment development designed by Aych Architects that challenges this idea, providing generous 2 and 3 bedroom apartments without being excessively huge.

There wasn’t an objective to see how many apartments could be squeezed into the site. As a result, each apartment benefits from good passive solar and cross ventilation. Externally, the building uses predominately a single material, timber, which will weather and age differently due to the angles and depths. Internally the apartments reference the heritage area of Hawthorn, with deep greens and brass used in a contemporary way. Soft greys and timbers complement the marble and stone.

Times seem to be changing, and the idea of the ‘Great Australian Dream’ is being questioned as we desire to live near where we work, socialise, shop, eat and play. When we look deeper into ourselves and question and challenge these dated beliefs, apartment living seems to make more sense.

Website article with photographs and the floor plan;
https://simpledwelling.net/episodes/homes/auburn-road-aych-architects

Aych Architects
https://www.aych.com.au/
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