Eco-friendly comfortPosted 03 . 09 . 19
The West Australian | Monday, 12 August 2019 2:14PM
Picking up the Harold Krantz Award for Residential Architecture at the Western Australian Architecture Awards at the end of June was further confirmation Stirling Capital’s Cirque development in Mount Pleasant is an impressive proposition.
Designed by MJA Studio, Cirque is made up of 111 one, two and three-bedroom apartments in a visually stunning 20-storey tower. A variety of sustainability measures has seen it receive a five-star Green Star design rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.
Some of the features that have led to this rating include high quality windows to maximise passive heating and cooling, a solar-powered central gas hot water plant and home energy and water metering systems to allow residents to track their water and energy use.
MJA Studio Design Director Jimmy Thompson said the shift towards environmental-mindedness was an exciting change and challenge for the architectural community.
“We have always designed with the best environmental outcomes in mind,” Mr Thompson said.
“This building is deliberately sculptural in its design, but every element also has a practical purpose in increasing pleasure for its inhabitants. The unique footprint of the tower is designed to create viewing corridors and maximises frontage for apartments, meaning greater access to natural light and ventilation and less demand for artificial light, heating and cooling.”
Stirling Capital Managing Director Luke Reinecke said working with MJA Studio on this project helped Stirling Capital to push the boundaries in providing liveable homes that were good for the community and had the lowest possible impact on the environment.
Each apartment features generous spaces with large floor plans, high ceilings and sophisticated finishes, plus substantial balconies complete with full-height curved glass balustrades.
The high level of owner-occupier investment and flexibility resulted in more than 50 bespoke amendments which ultimately rendered every apartment within the build unique to each other.
Shared-resident facilities provide 1500sqm of indoor and outdoor resort-style features on the residents’ deck, providing an excellent level of amenity.
The development also includes a range of amenities for the benefit of the local community.
The inclusion of these amenities is one of the reasons Cirque has been considered in the City of Melville’s Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan which aims to set a positive benchmark for future development through sustainable design and a holistic approach to amenity and community.
New streetscaping, an art-enhanced pedestrian link, a business centre and retail space are among the community amenities that have been included.
Residents and the public have direct access to a 67sqm community business hub. The hub supports flexible/remote working and includes free boardroom facilities, hot desks and office services which can be booked through the building’s concierge.