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The Maze Apartments

May 22, 2013

CHT Architects’ apartment block in Richmond derives its name from the facade of the building, which sees the geometry of a maze projected onto the facade grid.

Comprising 32 one- and two-bedroom apartments over five storeys, the Maze Apartments – and its facade that inspiring the name – evolved through the exploration of graphic patterns and how they can be manifested in contemporary architecture. The geometry of a maze is projected onto the facade grid, informing both the composition and placement of architectural elements, while the spandrel weaves balconies and windows in a ribbon-like manner, adhering to an order yet creating a non-repetitive facade that forms the built diagram.

The Richmond building is essentially an orthoganal block, carved into with intent and using materials inspired by Melbourne’s apartment typologies, applied in a way that liberates them from their typical use. The building also pays homage to Richmond’s industrial history, while referencing the area’s current residential and commercial uses.

The majority of apartments are north-facing with excellent solar access, with the apartment layout and building plate arrangement providing maximum daylight and natural ventilation. All south-facing apartments have large windows, without overhangs. High-performance glass and energy efficient systems have been used throughout.

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