Based on an intelligent operational model, and working to tight budgets, Viv’s Place seeks to be generous or abundant in every sense – spatially, functionally, aesthetically, and communally - a building that can be both safe and sanctuary-like, beautiful and proud.
The building steers away from habitual apartment design through wrapping exteriors and interiors with materials, patterns and colour that are more in the tradition of the home – terracotta tiles, coloured wallpapering, wrought iron lacework, fencing and garden motifs.
Given the clientele for this building, we have designed a vibrant colourful, patterned building, which deliberately moves away from social housing models that are austere and institutional in both appearance and function, says ARM director Andrew Lilleyman.
“The building really takes on its own identity," he says. "The design replicates motifs that are intended to emphasise a space of sanctuary – spaces within, which harness and develop growth and prosperity.”
Alongside 60 generously sized apartments, some with dual-key access for large families, the project employs trauma-informed design principles with the inclusion of communal spaces and amenities designed as an extension of resident’s apartments.
These residential-themed spaces promote connectivity and comfort between occupants, while at the same time promote a sense of home and safety.