M3565 Main Beach by Virginia Kerridge Architect
Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing: National Commendation
Australian Institute of Architects
This eight-storey, seven-residence apartment building directly facing Main Beach on the Gold Coast is in a prime position, specifically aimed at the high-end residential market and signifying a new level of luxury living. It is an elegant, modern structure with articulated and operable facade elements, a series of timber screens that can be used to create both shade and privacy. Because the apartments take up an entire level each, they have more of the atmosphere of a house than that of an apartment. The jury was taken with the subtle yet raw material palette of sand-coloured off-form concrete, grey ironbark timber, blue-grey zinc and black balustrades. Designed to retain its naturally weathered appearance, the building is well suited to the harshness of the coastal environment.
For more coverage, read Adrian Carter’s project review from Architecture Australia Jan/Feb 2018.