The West Tower of the Central Park development is a 16-floor, 230-apartment complex aimed at the discerning urban consumer. We responded to the brief for compact yet refined living environments by developing the concept of ‘high-speed luxury’.
Inspired by the streamlined sophistication and high-gloss allure of performance sports cars and motor yachts, the interiors reference not only the fine detailing of bespoke bodywork but also the ingenuity of these vehicles in successfully marrying a sense of high luxury with compact, efficient design.
Four distinct interior options were developed, visually anchored in each case by the articulated ‘Pod’ wall, which is offered in lacquered orange, latte gloss, and oak or walnut veneers. All other interiors surface treatments are extrapolated from these curvilinear Pods which not only effectively reference the bodywork of a car or boat, but also contain the apartments’ functional components: kitchen, laundry, bathroom, storage, air-conditioning and services.
The use of brilliant polyurethane paneling, luxurious timber veneers, rounded joinery and chrome trim all underscore the ‘high-speed luxury’design philosophy.
Taken as a whole, the design embraces compact living by giving acute consideration to the arrangement of key components, and in doing so elevates small space execution to the highest possible standard. This spatial concept, repeated throughout the West Tower at Central Park, spearheads a new design ethos: luxury, bespoke treatment applied to a large-scale, multi-unit development.
In the common areas, ‘high-speed luxury’ is communicated via graphic, tyre-patterned carpets in the corridors, which seem to recede into the darkened distance of each floor. In the double-height lobby, three massive LED lightboxes (one forming the desk, one its backdrop and the other enveloping the bulkhead itself) display artworks depicting lush forest settings in vibrant colours that reflect in the black glass walls and the highly-polished floors, as they alternate. A beautifully packaged machine for not just living, but living it up!
On the other hand, Smart’s ‘high speed luxury’ is a response to the brief, which called for a luxurious interior for a compact space. “It left us thinking, ‘What is compact and luxurious?’ and we realised that sports cars and yachts and all those things celebrate being compact and small, and do it in a very luxurious and happy way.”
The interior is, in fact, beautifully refined and has the slick aesthetic and the ambient serenity of a Kubrickian futurist vision. The interiors take their mark from classic cars such as the Fiat and Mercedes, and it is here that Smart’s vision works in harmony with Takada’s. Neither has erred on the side of fashion, preferring the staples of classic design to hallmark their work. And, it works.
The orange (Dulux Orangeade PO8F8 full gloss 80 percent polyurethane) of the curving modular wall is soft and harmonious with the Russian Toffee walls, while simultaneously zappy and sharp against the oversized glass floor tiles in stark white. The study is, essentially, a tube.
The curving wall, however, adds exponentially to the space, as it expands and contracts within the limited hall length. The centrally located bathroom belies the spatial constraints through cleverly arranged elements of luxury. The striated timber shelves (New Age Veneers 2 Ebony Straight) and vinyl panelling, coupled with the expanding element of mirrors, add a profusion of richness without cluttering or burdening the space. It is, in fact, exceptionally handsome.
It’s also safe to say that the interiors of both Takada and Smart will be as beautiful on completion as they are in display. More importantly, however, neither will be boring. By interpreting the architectural elements through classic design – within the aesthetic of their separate oeuvres – each has created a unique position. Granted, it is a position realised through high-quality materials and the imprimatur of both the designers and architects.
Nonetheless, the very fact that both Takada and Smart have evolved their vision as a dialogue with the architecture speaks volumes for the project’s potential and longevity and, perhaps with that very intent, does much to assuage the jitters of a three-year wait.
Urban Taskforce Australia Development Excellence Awards Development of the Year 2014 Winner
IDEA Awards Residential Multi 2014 Commendation