The Assembly Apartments draw on the local vernacular of North Melbourne with its four warehouse-inspired aesthetic referencing the many sawtooth roofed factory buildings in the neighborhood.
The overall assemblage creates a village-like environment. Carved out voids throughout the buildings create private balconies, and pop-out windows jutting out of the exterior help with letting in natural light and views to the downtown area—elements often ignored in multifamily developments.
Using earth materials such as metal and zinc cladding, the project achieves a “light-industrial” look with strong contemporary forms. Exposed concrete ceilings complement rich timber floors, while the open kitchen and living areas are loosely defined by varied ceiling heights. The finishes used on the balconies extend the boundaries of living areas, blurring the division between indoors and out. Inside, methodical joinery made of timber in both the kitchen and bathrooms continues the minimal yet efficient design carried throughout the complexes. Complemented by porcelain tiles, the material-driven yet simple canvas is perfect for bespoke bathroom fittings.
A series of laneways make the complex accessible, while a European-style courtyard at the ground level creates a protective and private space for residents year-round. On the roof, residents can access a terrace that extends their living quarters and provides views to the surrounding neighborhood.
Photography Credit: Trevor Mein