Oftentimes, council planning restrictions are troublesome stumbling blocks that exist purely to stifle creativity and senselessly deny our true architectural desires (or so it would seem). Yet occasionally, restrictions welcome design constraints. In Bellevue Hill, Sydney, for instance, limits to residential apartment building heights forced Luigi Rosselli to follow the land’s contours in his latest project, The Triplex Apartments. The result is a block of striking terraced apartments which draw inspiration from the ascending tiers of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
From street view, The Triplex Apartments look like a single-story residence – a clever design feature meant to soften the impact of the recent re-zoning of the area for residential flats.
Design-wise, the exterior features curved edge beams made from exposed concrete. The resulting silhouette stands reminiscent of two outstretched arms, welcoming you home.
It’s surprising to learn that each apartment in this complex comes complete with its very own large terrace and private garden, dispelling that age old myth of small apartment living.
The generous yet manageable size of these homes make them ideal for suburbanites looking to downsize without compromising outdoor space.
Inside, each apartment boasts its own unique layout. There are no cookie-cutter repetition of plans, details and materials here! This is mainly due to the fact that terraced apartments inevitably have differing topographies, in addition to different arrival points from the vertical lift.
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The minimalist aesthetic of all three apartments is the work of interior designer Romaine Alwill. I especially like the touches of nature, from the wood-paneled ceiling to the mudcloth-inspired textiles with fringing. It really helps to ground the overall look, connecting the inside with outdoors almost as well as those floor to ceiling glass windows.
Speaking of indoor-outdoor living, where possible, most rooms in each apartment open directly onto the aforementioned outdoor spaces. This design is especially welcome in an apartment, making it feel like you’re living in a spacious home as opposed to a multi-story building.
Elsewhere in the apartments, circular design elements play on the curved lines of the architecture.
The open plan living space makes the most of the available square footage in each apartment. Although the aesthetic remains steadfastly clutter-free, open shelves in the kitchen allow for a hint of personality to shine through.
Overall, with enviable gardens and deceptively spacious interiors, the Triplex Apartments easily belie the walk-up shell they occupy. In fact, I would go as far as to say that they redefine apartment living – both inside and out.
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