Foamcrest Apartments / Richard Cole Architecture

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Foamcrest Apartments / Richard Cole Architecture

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  • Area Area of ​​this architecture project Area :
    1041 m²

  • Year Year of realization of this architectural project

    Year:


    2020


  • Photographs

  • Manufacturers Marks with products used in this architecture project

    Manufacturers: Fibrecraft heritage

Foamcrest Apartments / Richard Cole Architecture - Exterior Photography, Windows
© Simon Bois

Text description provided by the architects. On a challenging triangular site in the coastal suburb of Newport on Sydney’s northern beaches, Foamcrest Apartments is a form generated from the unique site. A composition of glazed bricks, off-form concrete and sandstone, and materials selected for their durability and suitability for the ocean-side location, the seven apartments are 100% modular and differentiated by unique floor plans. With two prominent street fronts and a central hall open to the sky, the design carefully balances solar access, privacy and outlook. The shape emphasizes a low-profile horizontality that is usually well below the height limit. The character of the building makes a fresh and contemporary contribution to the locality.

Foamcrest Apartments / Richard Cole Architecture - Exterior Photography, Facade
© Simon Bois
Foamcrest Apartments / Richard Cole Architecture - Interior Photography, Wood, Chair, Beam, Column
© Simon Bois

The unique planning, level of craftsmanship, detailing and use of high quality materials demonstrate a level of commitment to an architectural solution by the developer that is unusual in a small-scale multi-residential speculative development, particularly on the northern beaches. It is hoped that this new benchmark will improve the quality of similar developments in the area. The horizontality of the overall form sets the project apart from typical multi-residential profiles, establishing a unique dialogue with the public realm.

Foamcrest Apartments / Richard Cole Architecture - Exterior photography, facade, handrail, windows, column
© Simon Bois
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Ground floor Plan
Foamcrest Apartments / Richard Cole Architecture - Interior Photography, Dining Room, Table, Chair, Beam, Windows
© Simon Bois

The apartment building confidently addresses the adjacent roundabout at the top of the site, providing a memorable corner landmark with its tight radius and single slot opening. The shape emphasizes a low-profile horizontality that is usually well below the height limit. The character of the building makes a fresh, contemporary and appropriate contribution to the locality.

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South and North elevations

The site slopes to the north, providing a broad northern aspect and allowing a sense of protection from the busy southern roundabout. The unconventional profile is reflected in the seven apartments, which are differentiated by unique floor plans, each responding to its location within the wider site. Subsequently, this provides a level of choice and identity unusual in multi-residential developments. The planning transforms problematic triangular corners into opportunities for openness in multiple aspects, with the benefit of greater solar access and cross ventilation. Five of the seven apartments face north.

Foamcrest Apartments / Richard Cole Architecture - Interior photography, facade, handrail
© Simon Bois

The common hall is eroded in form and open to the sky, providing a green center and increased opportunity for cross ventilation. The lobby features delicate vertical detailing that directs the eye to the framed view of the sky. Pops of color set it apart from the rugged exterior. A western screen of vertical sandstone blades provides spectacular afternoon light patterns. Tree planting, including groves of local endemic cabbage palms, provides attractive views and enhances the character of the locality from the prominent south intersection, also providing links to the existing plantation theme of Newport Village.

Foamcrest Apartments / Richard Cole Architecture - Exterior Photography, Facade, Windows
© Simon Bois
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Plan – 1st floor
Foamcrest Apartments / Richard Cole Architecture - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© Simon Bois

With a nod to the rounded shapes and watery colors of the nearby ocean coast, the building celebrates the plastic qualities of concrete and the capabilities of shimmering pale green bricks. Full-height interior doors and exterior openings increase the feeling of space. Functional vertical exterior louvers at the windows allow residents to modulate the level of privacy and the entry of light, air and sound. Australian hardwood ceilings and floors provide warmth and texture.

Foamcrest Apartments / Richard Cole Architecture - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© Simon Bois

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