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P1/39-53 Campbell Parade, North Bondi

 

An apartment! You’re not missing out, though; this three bedroom, three bathroom penthouse has the proportions of a house (and a private elevator, to boot). It’s located in one of Australia’s most celebrated spots – North Bondi, just up the road from Bondi Beach, which is squarely in view.

 

The apartment is brand new, and it’s clearly intended for the higher end of town; it combines excellent design with luxury fittings. The kind of fittings that make you think ‘Hm, if I were rich, I’d totally buy this!’ Although my true love will always be heritage properties (and rectangular modernist masterpieces – love those places!), I want this. Let me tell you why.

 

 

Study in the master.

 

The master bedroom was the first element that sprung out at me; it’s very large, incorporating its own study, has a fantastic view of the beach, and boasts in-built, white storage units that serve to create a type of walk-through robe that is incorporated into the room itself. Like the rest of the apartment, it’s extremely light – and good natural light is one of the features I find most important in apartments.

 

View from the master bedroom.

 

The two other bedrooms are both of good sizes, with one of them possessing a balcony with louvres, which is fitting given the penthouse design prizes outdoor spaces. The thick floorboards act as a fantastic base – classic, ageless, and complementary of any decor. The bathrooms are lined with contemporary grey tiles (big tick from me there as grey is one of my favourite colours for interiors), and the en suite boasts a space age bath.

 

 

The stairwell provides some design interest in itself, with a circular break in the wall serving to ensure that the stairs are well-lit. The kitchen is, predictably, very slick and modern, but the surprise is its size and the bonus add-ons it has, such as the circular section at its end with wine fridges. Um, yes please.

 

 

 

The second level shows off the benefits of open plan design; the kitchen flows onto the living and dining areas, ensuring that the entertaining space has a front-row seat to the beach view. This is also true of the rooftop terrace. Basically, I’d like to have a party here.

 

Open plan.

 

I needed to include this shot, as it has the elevator.

 

This penthouse is perfect for North Bondi – it has the views, the good looks, the walkability. The area is an interesting combination of Art Deco apartment blocks, federation semis and new, looming apartment blocks. Plus … there is stuff to do there. This carves out a new space as it’s a small block that doesn’t come with the potential headaches of larger developments; it’s private, well-located, and a bit special.

 

Design Marvels at the 2012 Victorian Architecture Awards: Urban Landscapes, Sustainability and Outdoor Synthesis

Some exciting houses have recently received accolades at the 2012 Victorian Architecture Awards. The residential buildings (which are my chief concern) celebrated by the ceremony highlight the fact that contemporary houses must do more than look pretty in order to gain recognition; they must be designed to complement modern lifestyle standards, with the the aim of synthesising the property with the urban landscape while still retaining a striking aesthetic quality.

 

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The most prestigious residential award, the Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award, went to the above Queensberry Street House by Robert Simeoni Architects. The Australian Institute of Architects described the home as “a comprehensively unique and exciting project that is ‘about privacy and shared spaces; seclusion and connectedness with the city and exploring how light and ventilation can be brought into an inner city courtyard house’.” The house’s facade is imposing, with the dark, patterned brick work capturing a historic edge. The reflective glass allows privacy, but is also used to mirror the streetscape, creating cohesiveness.

 

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The Awards acknowledged both the sustainability and impressive design features of Heller Street Park and Residences, pictured above, by architecture outfit Six Degrees. The medium-density development was built on the contaminated site of a former tip, making it’s environmental choos especially impressive, and is striking as it sits distinctly from the flat surrounding landscape. Angles and texture are used to create visual interest (as you can see!). The terraces and their communal areas were constructed to blur the private/public boundary, creating a sense of shared space. The project won Best Overend Award for Multiple Residential Architecture and the 2012 Sustainable Architecture Award.

 

Garage + Deck + Landscape project

 

The last award I’m going to mention is a particularly interesting one, as I’ve formed a bit of a love for outdoor spaces recently. The Small Project Architecture Award was given to Baracco + Wright Architecture for its Garage + Deck + Landscape project. The finished product is breathtaking – while ostensibly simple, it creates a perfect synthesis between the eye-catching landscaping and slanted garage, which is the first attractive garage I believe I’ve ever seen.

 

Each of the residential projects praised at the awards show imagination as well as fundamental design ethos, which is what renders them so significant. Homes like these will retain their appeal in the future due to both the lifestyle they offer the resident and their immense visual impact.