Old Cleveland Road
Location: Old Cleveland Road, Cooparoo
Client: Oxenford Holdings Pty Ltd
Acquisition of the unusual mixed use project occurred midway through construction whilst it was known to contain a number of non-compliant building issues. The existing structure and constraints of the existing Development Approval limited the brief to addressing the areas of non-compliance, refurbishing and providing the existing commercial tenancy with a distinguishable street address, and redesign of two upper level apartments into prestige residences.
The configuration of the site and the constraints of the floor plate resulted in long slender apartments linked by a series of open courtyards and a generous rear deck facing city views. Externally the building utilizes simple screens to homogenize the randomness of the existing façade. Polycarbonate sheeting wraps the existing stair while horizontal aluminium sun blades offer privacy, solar protection and a rhythm to the design. The combination of a restrained palette of colours, controlled planning and an interaction between internal and external spaces creates an environment both serene and engaging.