Director of HAL Architects, Elizabeth Anderson says Maasra Apartments Is just one example of how apartment developers are now responding to a changing residential requirements, meeting demands for much larger living spaces.
With development expected to start soon on the $95 million Maasra Apartments in Queensland, architectural firm HAL Architects is finalising the designs to incorporate the redesign of a number of units into ‘house-size apartments’ to accommodate their buyers’ changing needs.
“All those ideas are entrenched in the design of Maasra Apartments, in everything from the layouts to the finishes, from the sense of space to the grand kitchens – the design is very much about liveability,” says Anderson.
Further requests for even-larger spaces have been agreed to with buyers, with a number of adjoining apartments now being merged to create almost ‘house-sized’ dwellings within the building complex.
Anderson and her team are well known for their creativity in designing multi-residential developments in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
HAL Architects was appointed by Maasra Apartments developer Karam Group to design a building that reflected a sense of place and community, with a focus on large three and four-bedroom apartments to offer a wider housing choice for people considering apartment living.
The original brief for the Maasra Apartments building was to encompass Coorparoo’s history and enhance the village like atmosphere, using a “maasra” – a Mediterranean olive press – as the theme for the building design.
“To express that in architectural form, we looked at the olive press and thought; this development is about authenticity, it’s about honesty and community,” says Anderson.
“And of course, materiality; the materials selected are stylish, honest and robust with a longevity to them and a quality you can feel – beautiful stone kitchen finishes and timber veneers that express warmth and a sense of home,” she says.