Footscray Apartment / BoardGrove Architects

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  95
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Haydn Cattach
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Artedomus, Artek, Asko, Astra Walker, Douglas and Bec, Dulux, Ikea, Pierinelli, Thonet
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© Haydn Cattach

Text description provided by the architects. This apartment in Melbourne Australia was renovated to maximise access of natural light whilst opening up the circulation between spaces to create multiple openings and routes between each compartment, increasing the flexibility of each room.

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Renovated Floor Plan

As the living, dining and cooking spaces were open plan the design aimed to avoid having a stereotype functional kitchen as the backdrop to the living space. Instead the aim was to create a more ambiguous cooking area that appeared as a collection of art like objects, with the functional cooking equipment concealed within the sculptural elements.

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© Haydn Cattach

Three objects were developed, a solid corian bench, a large metal arched door, raised off the floor and placed flat against the wall and a complimentary arched reveal. Between these three they hold the sink, oven, cook-top and fridge.

Footscray Apartment  / BoardGrove Architects - Shelving
© Haydn Cattach

The palette of materials was chosen to compliment and soften the tones of the existing concrete floor and walls, adding warmth to the space.

Footscray Apartment  / BoardGrove Architects - Windows, Chair
© Haydn Cattach

Although very modest in scale it raises questions about an everyday domestic space we are all familiar with: the kitchen.  It challenges our expectations and it takes a risk– stepping out of the ordinary and trying something different. It throws normality to the wind, reconfiguring something that we all know so well into a new expression.

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Address:Melbourne VIC, Australia

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Cite: "Footscray Apartment / BoardGrove Architects" 04 Jan 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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