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Large balconies, comprehensive soundproofing and an emphasis on space just some of the functional design elements integrated into these riverside apartments
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Cygen Crawley Edge Apartments have 50m² balconies that are designed to obscure unsightly views and noise from the nearby road.

While a new building may be recognised for the look of its exterior structure, the overall success of the design lies in the execution of both exterior and interior spaces and the integration of functionality with comfort.

"So much of what is acknowledged as good architecture is impressive from the outside, but not entirely comfortable to live in," says SC Land co-director Lance Chu who, along with Chenghan Tan, developed the Cygne Crawley Edge apartments in Perth.

SC Land's focus on achieving a high standard of comfort in the interior, using the basic principles of view, cool, quiet and space, saw the company win the Australian Apartment Project of the Year at the 2007 Housing Industry Awards.

However, the riverside project was not without its challenges, says Chu.


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A btriple-sealed and doubled-glazed glass wall maintains temperature and reduces exterior noise.

"For panoramic views, the 40m frontage was an advantage. We knew that to maximise views, the building would be comprised mainly of glass, but that this would influence the sound quality of the apartments and privacy of the residents."

To avoid creating one large building, SC Land designed two smaller seven-storey masses separated by a glass lift lobby. Each block has one apartment per level, and a 50m² balcony wraps around each apartment. The balconies are modulated to obscure road views and enhance river views.

The smallest apartment is 234m² while the penthouse is 309m². All apartments have 3.1m-high ceilings and 2.7m-high doors. Rather than build to the maximum permissible height, SC Land created wide apartments with river views from every principle room.

"The apartments look hunkered down, which creates a sense of balance and permanence," says Chu.

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A zinc-cald horseshoe colum on the penthouse balcony gives the apartments an identifiable feature.

Each balcony has been designed to provide generous space for outdoor entertaining. Freestanding glass balustrades combined with the solid concrete upstands creates a sense of privacy and solidity.

For effective soundproofing, G. James French doors were installed with 12.38mm-thick, triple-sealed glass, while the floors, window frames and major services are fully insulated.

This insulation has the added advantage of helping maintain the controlled temperature of the commercial grade VRV air conditioning system. The appliances are discreetly integrated and out of sight, to provide an uncluttered and comfortable interior.

Sep 28, 2007

Credit list

Developer
Chenghan Tan and Lance Chu, SC Land
Construction company
Pindan
Cladding
Zinc
Blinds
Derrek Sambroock
Bathrooms
Hoescht
Kitchen appliances
Gaggenau from Sampford & Staff
Insulation
Dribond
Signage
Varisigns
Architect
SC Land Design with McDonald Jones Architects
Roofing
Colourbond
Hardware
Designer Doorware
Flooring and wall tiles
Bernini
Sanitaryware
Philippe Starck for Duravit
Audio wiring
B&O
Air conditioning
Daikin VRV by Admirable
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