Trends New Zealand Trends Volume 32 No 3 New Zealand - Page 68

Previous pages: This four-apartment building complex by Giorgi Exclusive has deep open-air terraces which contribute to their open feel – even when viewed from street level. Above: An extended view runs right through the apartment. The curved wall avoids a passage-like feel. Far right: Seen from within, and with the connecting glass pivot door open, the apartment’s indoor and outdoor kitchens read as one. Many modern apartments are organised in a regimented way to maximise limited space and work around anchored services. However, when the footprint size is generous and builder and architect share one vision from the outset, a far more versatile outcome can result. The four apartments in this complex follow an innovative floor plan that optimises a sense of space and makes them feel as much like a large family home as part of an apartment building. Claude Giorgi, director of Giorgi Exclusive – the firm behind the upmarket complex – says there are a number of key design elements that search | save | share at contribute to the sense of spaciousness. “One is the huge 96m2 main terrace which connects the open-plan living, dining and kitchen space and also wraps right around the corner on the river-facing side of the unit,” says Giorgi. “Massive cedar-framed glass doors glide back to left and right, making the indoors and outdoors one giant entertainment space.” Jura limestone tile flooring continues from inside to out and the 3.2m ceiling also runs from indoors to out – enhancing the connection. On show from throughout the living areas, the kitchen is designed for visual presence as