Rockley Gardens
© TOM BLACHFORD

Rockley Gardens

Elenberg Fraser Architecture as Architects

Our new residential project in South Yarra navigates nature and artifice. Sitting adjacent to pretty pocket park Rockley Gardens, the building and apartments enter into a dialogue with the leafy landscape next door, the gardens becoming part of the building itself.

The park-facing facade turns the garden into a vertical plane, the building covered with an abstracted layer of suspended planter boxes accessible to apartment residents, recalling Geoffrey Bawa’s Kandalama Hotel in Dambulla. A series of precisely angled mirrors set above and beneath the boxes amplifies the vegetation, reflecting the park beyond and playing with relativity, perception and position – is this a reflection or the real thing? Whether you’re in the park or in your apartment, you’re surrounded by an infinite image of green space; with selected mirrors facing down, the green facade is even projected to pedestrians below. The opposite facade facing Toorak Road extends the ambiguous confluence of building and park with a more structured articulation, metallic fins cascade down the height form a crystalline waterfall.

Playing with the ambiguous space that exists between binary poles, the building foyer mediates the internal and external worlds of this project. Local artist Jamie North has been commissioned to create works for this communal space – concrete ruins with living plants peeping through the cracks, pulling the garden and the façade right inside the space. Warm bronze mirrors further blur the lines between tangible and intangible, accented by a bold bronze staircase transitioning the lower level to the lift access and mailroom.

Apartment interiors have been informed by the village life of South Yarra and the urban lifestyle that flourishes in the surrounding streets – the neighbourhood is a secluded enclave of cultural experiences: libraries, galleries, cafés and boutiques. Material palettes reflect two sides of this coin: the garden, with green marble and dark timbers, or the gallery, a soothing blend of blonde woods and grey marble. Spatially, a series of rooms flow into each another creating a long gallery-like configuration. Custom joinery elements and detailing have been designed to enable you to communicate your individual narratives – collections, art, tchotchkes – the objects that tell the story of who we are. This is an Elenberg Fraser definition of luxury, permissive architecture that gives you the freedom to express your unique identity and to curate your own life.

So, you’ll find bathrooms that are far more than functional, with marble inset vanities and double-sided mirrored cabinets, which sit closed or stay open for more storage – you choose how to put your own adventure on display. Bespoke kitchen islands have built-in shelf storage either end, and marble cladding on range hoods is an artwork in itself. Picture rails, pot fillers and detailed alcove joinery for accessories provide the amenity of home in an apartment.

A celebration of the natural assets and urbane pleasures of South Yarra, Rockley Gardens is a living building that fully embraces its lifestyle locality and the power of individual expression.

 

Consultants team

Contractor: TBC

Project Manager: Sinclair Brook

Town Planner: Urbis

Building Surveyor: Reddo

Fire Engineer: Thomas Nicholas

Land Surveyor: Bosco Jonson

Quantity Surveyor: Charter Keck Cramer

Landscape Architect:         Oculus Landscape Architecture

Structural Engineer: Webber Design

Services Engineer: JBA Consulting Engineers

Acoustic Engineer: Acoustic Logic

Traffic: Cardno

ESD Consultant: Ark Resources

 

BUILDING SPECIFICATION DETAILS

 

Floors:  Flat P.T slab with hobs to all external areas and set downs to bathrooms.

External Walls:  Precast panels with custom ribbed profile. Textured panel face to in-situ concrete to match precast profile.

Dividing Walls: Double stud framed plasterboard walls with acoustic insulation.

Internal Walls: Stud framed plasterboard walls.

Roof: Flat concrete deck with 1:100 falls to drainage outlets. Fully tanked trafficable roof with hob to perimeter + screed over. Aluminium screening parapet, with BMU + Fall arrest system.

Windows / Glazing:  Full height, high performance structurally glazed Bronze double glazed window systems, black aluminium frames to all apartments. Full height double glazed sliding doors to all apartment terraces.

External Balustrade:

To lower balconies: Full height semi-frameless toughened glass balustrade panels, face fixed to aluminium stanchions with concealed handrail,

To planter boxes: Part height toughened glass balustrade panels, face fixed to aluminium stanchions with continuous aluminium top rail. Stanchions fixed to face of concrete planter boxes.

To Penthouses: Balustrade as above and including proprietary Woodform Concept Click solid timber screening fixed between Stanchions.

Balconies / Terraces:  Fully drained with selected ceramic tiling on polypad system.

Carpark: Reinforced concrete structure with clear seal finish.

Environmentally Sustainable Design: 6.2 star energy rating. Photovoltaic system. Extensive façade greenery. Rainwater harvesting for toilet flushing and irrigation.

Hot Water Service: Via dedicated hot water services with combined solar located at roof level.

Air Conditioning: Centralised AC system.

Heating: Centralised AC system.

Bathroom and Laundry Exhaust: Ducted system with external discharge at facade.

Kitchen: Ducted system with external discharge at facade.

Cooking Facilities: Gas hot plate, electric oven.

Security Access Control: Proximity access control card for car park and entry to the building for residents.  Access to individual apartments through traditional mechanical (non-electronic) keying.  Apartment visitor video intercom (integrated with the access control system)  Security system throughout the perimeter of the site.

Fire Protection: Smoke detection, fire hydrants and fire extinguishers to the car park and office level. Individual smoke detectors in each bedroom and common space with each apartment in accordance with authority requirements.

High Speed Internet: NBN Cable Services

Telephone: NBN Cable Services

 

INTERIORS SPECIFICATION DETAILS

 

ENTRY LOBBY

Feature: Jamie North feature sculpture.

Staircase: Bronze metal threshold with natural stone to stairs connecting main lobby to lift lobby.

Mail box: Bespoke natural stone mailboxes with dark bronze metal detailing.

Floor finishes: Custom floor pattern in selected natural stone.

Wall finishes: Bronze mirror and natural stone tile with feature bronze metal trims.

Ceiling finishes: Bronze mirror panelling.

Lighting: Bespoke wall lights by Articolo lighting with recessed LED lighting.

Signage: Bespoke decal to entry glass doors.  

 

TYPICAL APARTMENT LOBBY

Wool carpet with natural stone tile and Bronze metal Lift thresholds. Painted Plaster ceiling with feature wall lights.

 

TYPICAL APARTMENT FINISHES

Selected engineered timber flooring and wool carpet to bedrooms. Selected tile to bathrooms and balconies.

Walls: Painted Plaster with 200mm H skirting throughout.

Ceilings: Painted Plaster with recessed pelmets.

Bathrooms: Natural stone tiled walls and floor with feature natural stone basin, pivot mirror cabinet with internal shelving and exposed shelf display. A palette between Weathered Bronze & Aged Iron fixtures & Fittings.

Kitchens: Natural stone benchtops and splashbacks with feature solid timber island piece. Natural stone cladded rangehood with Timber veneer to feature island bench verticals, 2 pac to cabinetry with bespoke metal and leather handles. European appliances and Weathered Bronze & Aged Iron fixtures & Fittings. Butler’s pantry use fluted glass sliding doors. Feature Articolo pendant light over island.

Joinery: Timber veneer door fronts with Leather lined dresser in robes with shoe racks and full/half height handing rails.

Entry Alcove: Timber veneer door fronts and Natural stone tops with USB powerpoints. Alcove with Bronze mirror and fluted glass cupboard doors. Cloak cupboard with hanging rail with bespoke leather and bronze metal handles.

Fireplace: Natural stone to fireplace with fluted glass cupboards. Bespoke joinery handles featuring leather and bronze metal.

Project Credits
The Residences of 488 University Avenue
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480 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada - Build completed in 2014
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