Location: Abbotsford VIC
Structural engineer: WSP Structures
Developer: Marne Properties
Architect: Bruce Henderson Architects
Builder/bricklayer: LU Simon
Photographer: Ian Potter Photography
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DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE
Rivière Apartments occupies a triangular riverside site in a former industrial suburb. The 287 apartments are in three major buildings grouped around an internal courtyard. In keeping with the local heritage, the project makes extensive use of bricks, blending their texture and materiality with the precise geometry favoured in contemporary architecture.
The use of polychromatic brickwork with deep reveals and double-height stringcourses is an integral part of the concept for the main street elevation. The multiple entry points to two of the three complexes are marked by brick-clad towers that act as wayfinders. One of the entry points takes a distinctive triangulated form, highlighted by cladding in Elements Zinc bricks. “Our original concept was that when you view all three buildings from the central courtyard,” explains design architect Matt Budd, “each has its individual identity but they all tie in together. We are particularly very happy with the way the polychromatic brickwork came out.”
Daniel Robertson Hawthorn clay bricks
Daniel Robertson’s Hawthorn bricks are a development of the classic bricks that helped define the character of Melbourne’s prestigious inner-ring suburbs. All Daniel Robertson bricks are certified Carbon Neutral.
Colour: Hawthorn Black