A unique apartment project has received the Judges Commendation at the Master Builders Excellence in Building Awards held recently at the National Convention Centre.

The Canberra family project, One of a Kind Apartments received the recognition in the category of ‘Apartments and Units up to 3 Storeys’. The quirky double storeyed complex of seven apartments located on a shady street in Dickson in Canberra’s Inner North, uses a holistic approach to design incorporating recycled and re-purposed materials.

Designer and developer of ‘One of a Kind Apartments’, Stuart Forsyth said the project has from the beginning, been a complex collaboration of artists, designers and tradespeople, while maintaining environment and neighbourhood-friendly construction.

Old recycled materials have been used throughout the building. For instance, old recycled corrugated iron, some dating back to the 1860s, has been used as upper floor cladding and in courtyard walls.

The communal foyer aims to deliver a special experience and has been designed as an art gallery of re-purposed materials including tools left behind by steel-fixers, 19th century spirit levels and spanners.

The apartment complex is currently operating as short and long stay serviced apartments. To ensure their guests have a unique experience during their stay, each apartment is creatively styled using repurposed estate furniture and accented with a different colour of the rainbow, each celebrating one of the world’s creative cities.