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Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Australia Architecture News - May 13, 2021 - 12:21   2577 views

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Wood Marsh has completed Alumuna Residences that feature bronze, folded mirrored glass façade in Port Melbourne, Australia

Named Alumuna Residences, the residences are situated on a challenging L-shaped site and are activating its dual street frontage to the adjacent neighbourhood. 

The design of the residences creates "a sculptural and dynamic façade" reflecting composed glimpses of the neighbouring context. As the architects explained, ideas of visual abstraction created through a singular material and its interplay with light, offer a multitude of experiences along the streetscape.

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

With the majority of the building’s form contained inboard, the approach is to achieve as much movement as possible on the two narrow facades - one on Johnston Street and the other on Rouse Street. 

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

The project takes cues from ideas of kinetic sculptures and the facades present as a dramatic concertina whose appearance is constantly changing through the day.

The two façades are monochromatic studies in natural materials; concrete, timber, black steel and bronze mirrored glass. Book-matched by recessed timber cladding flanking the ground and penthouse level, the glass building appears to float between. 

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Across the four apartment levels, the glazed façades subtly angle back and forth to create a play with reflectivity and refraction, with sightlines from outside distorted and intentionally obscured. 

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Entering through the natural timber-clad ground level, residents are welcomed into an immersive and atmospheric lobby. The deliberately theatrical sense of entry references the concertina of the façade and immediately draws the focus deeper into the building. 

The custom abstract art installation along the primary linear wall adds a sense of texture in its form and depth through the patina of its dark bronze materiality and the warm glow of the amber accent lighting. The bronze carries through the foyer, creating a sense of transition leading to the apartments.

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Counteracting the dynamism of the façade, the peaceful interior experience is emphasised by curving details that support movement through space. 

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Natural materiality continues inward, with marble kitchen bench elements sitting sculpturally upon light timber flooring. Highly detailed joinery and storage offer concealment of supporting elements, emphasising a sense of refinement within. 

Sitting above the boutique apartments is the Penthouse, finished in an elevated palette of darker timber and natural stone finishes.

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Typical Apartments Plan

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Penthouse Plan

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Elevation

Wood Marsh's Alumuna Residences feature bronze folded mirrored glass in Australia

Elevation

Project facts

Project name: Alumuna Residences

Architects: Wood Marsh 

Location: Port Melbourne, Australia. 

Date: 2020

All images © Willem-Dirk du Toit

All drawings © Wood Marsh

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