Sharing its southern boundary with our studio’s Whitlam Place Apartments, the Napier apartments have been designed to acknowledge the adjoining property, whilst still expressing its own autonomy and character.
Sandwiched between Whitlam and an adjoining warehouse to its north, the key elevations to this project are the Napier Street and rear laneway elevations, which have been expressed as horizontal bands to the Napier Street facade and vertical bands to the rear laneway facade. Whilst lending an expressive form to the building, these variegated bands also mirror the internal layout of the building; the Napier Street apartments are single level one, two and three bedroom apartments stacked horizontally, whilst the rear laneway apartments are two storey apartments stacked vertically.
Reminiscent of central Melbourne’s many arcades and laneways, the urban approach was to extend the street through the building with the provision of a ground level thoroughfare, flanked on either side by bedsit apartments. Though screened by terraces, these bedsits front the street to impress a shopfront character upon the former industrial block and offer up the potential of restoring a civic character to this inner city block.
Taking cues from the modernist period, the interiors embrace a pared back aesthetic which speaks to an Australian sensibility. A sense of simplicity in the material palette imbues the space with a relaxed feel, allowing occupants to individualise their own home. An exercise in restraint has allowed the honest expression of materials such as brass, concrete and brass. The interiors are complimented with local 20th century furniture retailer Dean Angelucci, who provided guidance on furnishings for each apartment.
Imagery by Third Aesthetic