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Part 1 Project 2003
Chiew Mei Law
Kimberley Mountford
Curtin University Perth Australia
This is a project which seeks for permanence in a 1960’s Modernist office building. Relocation of lift cores on two ends of existing structural shafts allows for a straightforward configuration of ‘vertical’ and ‘horizontal’ apartments, accommodating different desired lifestyles of inner city living. While the vertical apartment strives for the condensed contemporary lifestyle, the horizontal explores the unfolding experience, and at the same time allowing an opportunity for play between the inside and outside in the otherwise confined boundaries of an apartment unit. Existing columns create new reference points as walls and furniture start to define movement and articulation of spaces within the apartment. The eye follows and turns as planes float and nestle themselves alongside one another.
Chiew Mei Law
Kimberley Mountford


Set in an area of urban residential renewal, this design project seeks to make sensitive reuse of the shell of an existing inward-looking, late 1960’s government office building in order to propose a collection of vertically and horizontally ordered apartment types. The latter type which is selected by Law for design development, demonstrates how subtle design moves can deftly cloak the interior with new surfaces and materials to redefine the former office space and reorientate the spatial experience of the interior to be most suitable for apartment life. A meandering utilities and built-in furniture spine is stretched out along the length of the apartment to order connections between spaces along the apartment length as well as to provide fulcrums for spatial connections to outside.

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