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    Research-led design pays off for new apartment project

    Lisa Rapley

    Significant research into current multi-residential housing trends and location specific demographic analysis for a recent apartment project in Cheltenham has been undertaken by Melbourne-based Finnis Architects.

    This residential project is a medium-density development of 30 apartments and maximizes the development without sacrificing on design.

    Research for the development included consultation with local government, local business and real estate experts, as well as analysis of the social demographics of the Cheltenham area.

    From this, Finnis Architects developed an understanding of owner and tenant priorities, which enabled them to determine a mix of apartment sizes, price points and amenity which were the best fit for the project.

    Located close to public transport, retail strips and an activity hub, it was found that two bedroom apartments were the most in demand following the research into compositions of households in the area.

    Finnis Architects director Les Finnis says, “The architect’s role is to create design solutions that benefit both client and community, and the research we conducted on the Cheltenham project enabled us to realise this.”

    With many years of experience, Finnis has created many local architectural projects and developed specialist knowledge of large-scale apartment designs, aged care and social housing.

    Finnis Architects designed the project to use the latest technologies in construction and building materials, as well as passive environmental design principles all while meeting essential budgetary requirements.

    Site orientation, solar access, shading, heating, cooling and ventilation were all addressed, creating high-ceilinged apartments filled with natural light and appropriate solar protection, which resulted in lower running costs for owners and tenants.

    The complex also has spacious proportions, a human-scaled envelope, integrated landscaping and inviting foyer spaces.

    A contemporary form, which uses clean lines and articulated fa├žade elements, creates an enduring residential design, welcoming residents.

    Modern finishes complement the design and local environment, but are maintenance free.

    Finnis Architects understand that each project and location is different, so embedding the research methods used in the Cheltenham development into design processes will allow the studio to develop a more in-depth understanding of the needs and aspirations of future project’s community and location.

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