The Bottleyard by MJA Studio is a great example of an affordable apartment building development that creates an architecture to engage with its inner city vernacular and the Perth climate.
The 125 apartments are grouped into seven separate buildings of varying scale and massing across the site to establish three distinct courtyard spaces for the residents and appropriately designed frontages for the two streets, laneway and parkland settings.
The courtyards are well considered spaces for communal engagement, including small bookable meeting rooms, community garden space and outdoor areas at ground level and are the focus for the semi-enclosed circulation spaces that connect all of the apartments throughout the upper levels.
All apartments are modest in their appointment, are designed to be dual aspect and are well afforded with natural light and ability for cross ventilation. The project convincingly embraces first principles of passive solar design to reduce reliance on mechanical systems as well as being supplemented with an extensive 260kW photovoltaic solar array.
The selection of materials of construction and built form is contemporary and reference’s the neighbourhoods old substation and Maltings buildings and local Federation housing without the need for pastiche. The architects have clearly succeeded in making this multi-residential project one that feels very comfortable for the residents and embraced by the surrounding community.
- Jury Citation, Harold Krantz Award for Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing