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The building also features a series of pleated vertical aluminium panels that run the full height of the building, concealing service rooms in the apartments. Another point of difference in the design is the provision of two central cores. “Rather than have a single core with long corridors and walkways leading to the apartments, we opted to provide two cores, each serving apartments on both sides. So the development is essentially two buildings positioned side by side,” says Leuschke. “These cores receive Preceding pages and above left: The new Balfour apartment building steps down a steep site to maximise space and views. To bring a human scale to the development the architects introduced three-storey powdercoated aluminium screens that resemble Corten steel. From the interior, the laser-cut panels have a timber appearance. Left: The screens can be folded back like shutters to open up the bedrooms behind. Top and above: Four penthouse apartments have large entertaining terraces with glass balustrading allowing uninterrupted views. search | save | share at 57