388 Barkly Road Residences / DREAMER + Breathe Structure
Textual content description offered by the architects. 388 Barkly Road is a set of 11 sustainable flats led by DREAMER, in collaboration with Breathe Structure. The challenge is an adaptive reuse of a c.1930 brick warehouse encouraging sustainable, small-footprint dwelling.
With the densification of interior suburban areas, an more and more important part of profitable city-making, 388 Barkly Road aimed to create a beneficiant and high-quality variation of multi-residential housing that would provide a gorgeous various to the suburban household residence.
On the occupant stage, the challenge focuses on making a small and numerous group that helps low power, low waste, sustainable and wholesome existence. Methods embrace using biophilic design, with robust connections to in depth planting, offering a number of waste streams, encouraging the usage of EVs and bicycles, and amplifying connections to public transport networks and close by parks and leisure hubs.
From the earliest discussions, the design was knowledgeable by surrounding historic housing in addition to particulars throughout the present constructing to make sure the renovated warehouse nonetheless linked strongly to the neighborhood character of Brunswick. Condo widths and layouts draw from the sample of terraced housing; window articulation from surrounding homes of the Seventies; new ground-level safety screens reference the prevailing metallic home windows; and exterior timber fins emulate the sample of wall niches left by the unique timber roof beams.
The brand new constructing addition sits sensitively throughout the preserved brick shell and includes two volumes separated by a landscaped exterior atrium. This helps to naturally gentle and ventilate the dwellings, making a sequence of open-air, planted areas that join all of the house entries and supply significant contact with gardens when touring by means of the constructing.
Internally, flats are organized round lightwells and planted courts and have a restrained palette of supplies that’s offset towards the characterful present brick shell. Precedence was given to sturdy supplies and a ‘cloth first’ method, thereby decreasing upkeep and operational prices for residents. Double-height voids and sectional play convey extra pure gentle into the 3-bedroom flats, whereas the 1-2 bed room dwellings have raised planted courts providing views to greenery from all bedrooms.
As a part of the ambition to supply facilities much like a extra substantial home, key options embrace giant fully-plastered storage rooms for every house, on-grade automotive parking, and a beneficiant communal bike parking room positioned centrally to the constructing with upkeep amenities and computerized doorways for ease of entry.