Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has won planning approval for a £194 million ($260 million), 20-story residential building in Melbourne.
The Mayfair on St. Kilda Road, a major route through the central business district of the city, will provide 158 one- to five-bed flats, ranging in size from 70 to 556 square meters. It was designed in collaboration with local architect Elenberg Fraser and also includes roof terraces, swimming pools, cafés, and restaurants.
Taking its cues from the fluidity of Australia’s landscapes and seascapes, the composition of the building’s façade evolves from a system of simple wave formations to generate variables of the same design language. The design translates the many attributes of the city to create apartments that blur the boundaries between building and city, and between exterior and interior.
The fluidity of the building’s exterior is carried through into the interiors. Living areas within the apartments have been arranged as a sequence of spatial experiences that maximizes the iconic views across the city, with bespoke interior features that echo the sculptural qualities of the façade.
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