It will be 10 years in September since the Big Bang of Redshift’s inception, so we thought it timely to measure ourselves; our intentions, aspirations, ambitions, commitment; against our achievements.
We strive with every project to achieve good amenity. You will find many posts on our website that discuss various aspects of this. In summary, amenity is the qualities that we look for in a good living environment. It is of value to the future occupants of our buildings. Our clients (the developers) have interests over and above these (but we’ll get to that).
You may have read Michael’s recent post on Amenity here; what it means, and how we value it at Redshift.
I was reading an article recently with some seductive images of a building. It looked great! But, as I started reading and looking at the plans it became apparent that there were internal bedrooms, not just inboard rooms looking through a living room with genuine borrowed light and ventilation but well and truly internal – a conventional hinged door to a windowless room as the second bedroom to a 2 bedroom apartment – imagine a large cupboard.
Admittedly the project was in Melbourne where this seems to be more prevalent and where SEPP 65 and the Residential Flat Design Code (or something like it) are not in force unlike here in NSW, but it prompted me to ask you; the reader, architect, layperson, member of the public, developer or real estate agent, what you think?
Are there circumstances where this is acceptable? Are these “beautiful” buildings that will stand the test of time, or are they our “future slums” (to put it provocatively)?
Are they the result of development pressure, inconsiderate architects, or naive planning controls? How does the market take to them?
We’d love to hear your thoughts, no matter what your background or predisposition.