Situated at 44-54 Kambrook Road, Caulfield North the design brief for Olea Residence was to provide an architectural solution which complemented both the existing neighbourhood character and street presence, whilst delivering an individual and luxurious architectural addition to the site. Appealing to a wide range of potential buyers, Olea is comprised of various sized townhouses and apartments; 7 townhouses and 54 one, two and three bedroom apartments surrounding a pivotal central courtyard.

The central courtyard at the heart of the project creates a sense of privacy providing a peaceful green outlook. Basking in a beautiful Northern aspect and an inviting landscape design, enabling community life to be enjoyed in tranquillity. These generous areas of greenery give the apartments a seamless indoor outdoor transition, a highly sort after feature in modern design.

The design is broken down into zoned interfaces to minimise the impact of residential development to the existing neighbourhood character. Townhouses are positioned on the street interface to blend into the streetscape. This maintains the village feel of the area by defining smaller sections of the buildings frontage and creating a sense of individual components which have their own street access and sense of address. The laneway interface is designed to increase accessibility and interact with the neighbouring development, becoming an extension of the already established laneway network.

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C&K Architecture’s Nelson Bourke project is elevating Ringwood’s evolution to the next level. The location of our 1-7 Nelson St, Ringwood apartment development has all the desirable qualities typically found in inner city areas. With close proximity to transport including Ringwood train station, the Eastern Freeway, and amenities including the revamped Eastland Shopping Centre, this is a step up for the Eastern suburbs.

The development has been met with a positive reception from not just buyers but also the Maroondah City Council and authorities. The local council has been supportive and forward thinking, which has been reflected in their policies. C&K Architecture is privileged to work in partnership with a developer that aims for a high standard of quality not only from a design perspective but also in relation to materials and inclusions. We’ve been given the opportunity to design large and charming spaces such as the lobby without compromising the site, resulting in a positive addition to the streetscape.

Positioned on a corner block, this dynamic and stunning four storey development boasts 10 spacious exclusive residential apartments. The building makes a bold statement without overpowering its surrounding environment in the eclectic area of St Kilda East. Designed to achieve a coherent visual appeal, the contemporary façade is rich in texture.

Your eye is first drawn to the feature metallic gold cladding which is softened by the matt rendering finish. A hint of greenery has also been incorporated with raised planter boxes. The remaining exterior surface is comprised of a striking and contrasting black and white colour scheme. Perforated screening has been installed as part of the unique design solution to provide privacy for residents and neighbours alike. All residences benefit from individual terraces or gardens and there is separate street access from the ground floor apartments.

Set on a corner site in leafy Balwyn North, C&K Architecture’s Glass Creek multi-residential development was designed to merge into the neighbouring streetscape. Glass Creek is an elite collection of beautifully crafted residences over three grand levels, offering 13 spacious two and three bedroom apartments with modern layouts brimming with an abundance of natural light. Each residence opens onto a private terrace with beautiful landscaping, ensuring a feeling of seclusion and privacy.

Glass Creek boasts striking materials providing the finest quality in finishes and fittings. The interior of the apartments have been carefully designed with attention to detail to communicate a discreet luxury. The kitchens enjoy generous stone benchtops and splashbacks with tailored veneered joinery complemented with integrated Miele appliances. Bathrooms and ensuites feature elegant porcelain tiles, double vanities, a stylish freestanding bath and custom joinery providing extra storage.

Boldly articulated, Middle Burke Apartments has been designed to mimic elements from its environment whilst maintaining a prominent presence. Across four levels, this multi-residential development features a generous retail area plus fifty spacious two and three bedroom apartments offering sophisticated design with quality finishes. Conveniently located at the corner of Middle and Burke Roads, the corner position justified a larger and more dominant building. Meeting a requirement of the client brief, the building was conceived as a gateway to the local retail precinct.

Bearing in mind council planning requirements, the client’s objective was to maximise use of the 2271sqm site and to obtain a permit without VCAT’s involvement, which was successfully achieved. Aiming to construct at least 3 levels, a total of 4 storeys were achieved by recessing the basement carpark, such that the levels do not detract from the more intimate pedestrian scale of the Burke Road streetscape.

Interpretive of emerging development in the area, the unique full pre-cast façade and strengthening of the walls answered the brief which required a more solid look and weighty feel, along with a mix of finishes including render and steel mesh cladding, concrete (painted finishes), and glazing added variety and interest. Robust vertical and horizontal elements were also applied, providing strong articulation which meant that from the streetscape one could easily visually distinguish the various levels. To soften overlooking vantage points for neighbouring residents, raised garden beds were employed in rooftop terraces to create a natural visual screening and enhance the vista.

Many sustainability initiatives were successfully adopted including solar boosted hot water systems, solar panels, high efficiency ducted reverse cycle air conditioners, high level of building seals and low VOC paints. Modern mechanical and electrical systems were installed to minimise energy consumption. Captured water from rainwater storage tanks is reused in the irrigation systems and commercial toilets with an estimated saving of 100,000L per year. Refuse disposal was also implemented whereby tenants use shared rubbish chutes.

The owners of this prominent King Street building in the heart of Melbourne’s Central Business district were planning a $60 million mixed-use development. The 43-storey building will house 168 apartments, 1040sqm of office space as well as a retail offering on King Street. C&K Architecture developed a modular construction system to reduce building costs and speed up construction time, and also investigated the use of photovoltaic façade glass capable of generating up to 10 percent of the building’s energy needs.

Originally titled ‘Dynasty Melbourne’, the development was more fittingly renamed ‘The Istana’ (Istana being Malay for Palace). Completed in December 2014, this ‘urban palace’ high rise apartment development consists of 350 residential apartments on 20 levels. Construction comprised of a mixed use ground floor including retail tenancies, four levels dedicated to parking and tenant amenities (15m swimming pool, sauna, gymnasium, BBQ areas and movie theatre).

C&K Architecture’s approach was to orientate the building to maximise the nearby green space of Flagstaff Gardens. Inspired by contemporary architecture, the design incorporated elements from a nearby old factory, responding to streetscape by complementing the heritage features including a bold massing and façade design, composed at the lower levels with articulated formal elements. Reinforcing the contemporary nature of the building, the façade treatment used a mix of precast texture surfaces combined with perforated metal podium façade panels and bold vertical elements resulting in a striking tower design.

Successfully completed in January 2016, this unique boutique development consists of five magnificent residences over three grand levels in an exclusive location. The vision was to produce an elegant and contemporary building, which reflects its own era, but with materials and a scale that are harmonious to its neighbours.

It was designed for the modern lifestyle, with attention to environmentally-responsible design and using the latest construction techniques. Designed as a timeless architectural response to its impressive surrounds, all apartments face north allowing spectacular views. Modern and enduring, the considered and contemporary design epitomises luxury and elegance. Each residence is beautifully presented with the finest quality in finishes and fittings.

Crystal Gardens was a proposed ground breaking, signature 35 storey mixed use property development including ground floor retail, 3 levels of commercial offices, 155 apartments with communal areas and landscaper gardens on every sixth floor. Rainwater would be collected from the facades and used for garden watering and toilet flushing. Energy efficient lights and water efficient appliances would be used throughout and an innovative heating, cooling and hot water supply plant would be located in each garden area, minimising pipe runs.

The building would be clad in heat reflective glass and with its faceted balconies would have the appearance of a sparkling crystal punctuated by greenery. It was envisioned that the corner site would make the building very prominent and C&K Architecture had also investigated the option for solar powered feature lighting, allowing the crystal garden like appearance to become a significant landmark for Melbourne in the early evening hours.

C&K Architecture successfully delivered the construction of the Reynolds Gardens property development in the leafy sought after area of Doncaster East in June 2015. This prestigious multi-residential development features 71 luxury apartments comprised of one, two and three bedroom apartments on 4 storeys as well as a basement car park.

C&K Architecture worked in conjunction with the developer, JD Group to provide project support to achieve this stunning result. The seamless project management of the multi-residential development was aided by encompassing every detail and working in close collaboration with key stakeholders including builder, D & A Pulitano Constructions.