QV8 by Breathe Architecture
2015 Houses Awards
“Housing people, not cars” is the mantra for the QV8 apartment development, found within the base of a thirty-seven-storey tower in Melbourne’s QV Block. The former car park is now home to eight households.
The existing structure and typology of the car park, characterized by sheer walls and a low floor-to-floor height, has been transformed into a series of long and generous apartments. Each apartment is open at both ends to achieve cross-ventilation, with a soon-to-be-intensely-planted terrace at the north taking full advantage of the view towards the magnificent State Library of Victoria across the street.
Although the layouts are relatively conventional and achieve a high number of bedrooms by an over-reliance on borrowed light, the interior achieves a certain drama through the distinctively low ceiling heights, which remind us of the building’s original purpose. Ultimately the winning formula here is the successful adaptive re-use of existing infrastructure and repurposing of a car park for infill housing. This offers real lessons in sustainable solutions for our cities. May this be the first of many such conversions.
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