Belle

VANISHING POINT

“I call it invisible architecture; it’s about blending in with the landscape and instantly puts you at ease.”

im Design worked with Koichi Takada Architects on a project for developer CostaFox that encompasses six 300-square-metre ultra-luxe waterfront apartments with sightlines to Manly Miriam Fanning: To create serene, high-end, prestigious apartments. It was imperative the interiors balanced a sophisticated coastal feel through planning and aspect to finishes. All required a result that adhered to an authentic and timeless interior. Koichi Takada: The elongated site with its east-west orientation and sloping terrain made it a challenge to get light into the bedrooms. The central courtyard allows every room to have water views and maximises morning-to-midday sun but avoids the harsh afternoon light. Sunrise is a wonderful, magical moment with the illusion that the water is right in front of you when you wake. MF: With close borders on all sides on a tight one-way street, the beach directly in front and a steady stream of passers-by, access was difficult. MF: The emphasis was on framing the panoramic ocean views and ensuring a breathtaking backdrop to the airy, free-flowing living spaces. Careful consideration went into the placement of every item, from the study to the island bench and bathrooms. KT: We tried to create a contemporary mood but with a natureinspired, calming feel. I call it invisible architecture; it’s about blending in with the landscape and it instantly puts you at ease. MF: The kitchen’s monolithic island bench is a sophisticated balance of sculptural free form. Curved polished concrete columns are refined and announce the external surrounds. Aspect placement and room sizes provide an air of grandeur that complements the vistas. KT: It was important to create a synergy between the interiors and the natural surrounds. MF: A neutral materials palette mirrors the coastal outlook accessed via the expansive balconies and frameless glass balustrades. Natural stone, textural timber and polished plaster reference coastal iconography, such as rocks, driftwood and sandstone, resulting in a visual unity that encourages uninterrupted sensory connection. MF: The local soft sculpted sandstone rock face called for softened curved edges and organic forms. MF: The outstanding site, paired with the quality, size and natural reflection of organic form through design, make this an extraordinary project. It’s a hard place to leave once you have visited.

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