Apartment complex gets creative with sustainability

When designing this new apartment complex, MJA Studio managed a 50% reduction in life cycle carbon, allowing them discretion when it came to the design
Story by: David Renwick
Black door frames and windows draw the eye architecture, daylighting, door, home, house, interior design, property, real estate, window, white
Black door frames and windows draw the eye

Architect: MJA StudioAbout the project (text supplied): MJA received development approval for this 48 apartment complex along William St in Mt. Lawley in March 2015. The corner site has excellent solar access to the North combined with city views to the South and is strategically placed halfway between both the Beaufort and Angove High Streets.

The built form is composed of three concepts, stepping white frames, a shadowbox, and dado necklace; which all directly reference contrasting contextual conditions.


A partially covered terrace provides views of the interior design, outdoor structure, property, real estate, roof, white
A partially covered terrace provides views of the city

Our proposal received ‘Design Excellence’ from the local authorities Design Advisory Committee which combined with the 50% reduction in life cycle carbon has meant we have met the criteria for significant discretion on height and plot ratio.

The proposal simply seeks to provide a density which will maintain its relevance in the future.

Dec 08, 2017





Similar stories

Rough brick facade fronts an innovative apartment building with a communal courtyard at its heart

In an historically working class neighbourhood of Montreal known for its residential energy and vibrancy, La Géode apartment buil... Read more

Adaptive reuse of old office building unlocks potential as high-end apartments

This clever adaptive reuse of a tired multi-storey office block as a modern, mixed-use luxury apartment/office/carparking building includes the addition ... Read more

The hotel room house

Home away from home? This hotel room is like a tiny house within the room Read more

Latest books

Commercial Design Trends Vol 34/02C

Whether you’re travelling for work or pleasure, your hotel experience can either make or break your trip. Our market report in this issue looks at the changing world of hotel design – from five star establ... Read more

Home Trends 3401

If you're designing a bathroom for a new home or renovating your existing one, you'll quickly discover how involved the process can be.It's not only the challenge of how to fit the different functional zones into the often limi... Read more

Home Trends 3307

While we might all have ideas for the home design that we want, consulting a good architect or designer will also open us up to other design possibilities that we haven't thought of.To help get you started on creating the home ... Read more

Related profiles

Five Star Bathrooms

The one stop shop for bathrooms - Design, repair & installation Auckland wide Read more

Glasshape Ltd

Glasshape, established in 1986, is a leading innovator, designer and manufacturer of curved, toughened and laminated specialty glass. Family owned and based in Auckland, New Zealand, Glasshape’s philosophy of growth through innovat... Read more

The Circle Property Group

Our architecturally designed building is home to Trends Media Group along with many other industry leading tenants. Read more