Richmond | 2019
Domenic Cerantonio, Chris Stribley, Luan Trinh, Danny Tong, Emily Cheang, Miranda Keogh
Immerse presents a new architectural dynamism to Richmond. Drawing inspiration from both its surrounding heritage context and the areas rich history of entertainment and live music, Immerse present a crafted piece of architecture that not only enhances the streetscape but raises the bar in residential apartment design. The design of the building takes cues from the sites physical and social context, distinctly separated by podium and tower elements.
Along this section of Church street we see number of buildings that feature arches as architectural features, in particular the building directly opposite the site – this context led to the design of the podium that features 7 consecutive arches over two levels. These arches create a striking yet curated presence to the street, deftly framing both retail frontages and the buildings central main entry at street level.
At level 01, the arches visually protect the apartments from the main road, creating an illusion of a commercial programme as opposed to residential. The podium boasts a highly textured coat of concrete render that presents a robust appearance not dissimilar to the heritage buildings in the area.
In contrast, the tower component to the design draws inspiration from Richmond’s live music culture taking on the form reminiscent of a curtain, a show curtain. A beautifully crafted screen drapes the façade protects the building inhabitants not only from the bustling activity along the street but also from the western sun. The gentle wave to the curtain softens the buildings presence to the street whilst subtly creating a connection to its podium through its shared curvaceous features. There is a rhythm to both façades that sings above its neighbours yet seamlessly integrate with the existing street character.