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Clever Architecture in Palm Beach
13th Avenue Palm Beach is the area’s latest boutique development, located a mere 250 metres from the sandy shores of pristine coastline, the architecturally dynamic residences have been uniquely designed by the Goldengrove Building Group.
One of the most exciting developments to be completed in Palm Beach, the townhouses prove that you don’t need a huge amount of space to make a big impact. With its sophisticated urban façade, this particular development is certainly not the norm and has set the bench mark in Palm Beach for clever architecture. The 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom residences have a fresh perspective on modern living with their contemporary design features, each room has been thoughtfully designed without compromising on style or functionality.
13th Avenue Palm Beach is the brain child of Andrew Hadden from Goldengrove Building Group. Goldengrove spe-cialise in the construction of quality residential housing throughout QLD and NSW, they have a passion to create new and unique spaces which they have certainly proven with this project.
Team Wildermoth (TW) asked Andrew Hadden a few questions about the one-of-a-kind development in Palm Beach:
TW: Andrew, you have designed and completed something particularly unique for the Gold Coast, you’ve injected a little bit of inner-city Sydney and Melbourne into the area. Tell us more about your vision for this design in Palm Beach?
Andrew: This development for us was a new take on modern coastal living. We’ve been disappointed to see so many developments with shared carparking and communal entries, there are also a number now where someone is living on top or beneath another home. We’ve developed beautiful three bedroom homes, each with their own bathrooms and balconies and we’ve provided substantial storage and garaging for 2 cars in each. We’d been inspired by some development in Melbourne recently and are now brining some more of those concepts to South East Queensland. We are seeing a significant rise in the market for high quality townhouse and terrace designs.
TW: The design of these townhouses are very clever, spread across three levels, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom homes have approximately 240 square meters of space, can you tell us a little more about the design process?
Andrew: Maximising several key lifestyle factors guided these designs, functionality, privacy and livability. Plus it was also important for us to do that in a way that minimised on-going burden for the new owners. So these townhouses have no body corporate, enjoy their own private entries and their own dedicated (non-shared) services. It’s the best of townhouse living.
TW: Most uniquely the residences are approx. 3 meters wide, one of our team members has lived in Surry Hills and says your townhouses remind her of the Victorian Terraces. Was there some design inspiration taken from this style of housing?
Andrew: I am from Melbourne originally and spent many years living in St Kilda. So the amazing things that people do with cottages and terraces certainly provided us guidance. I have been thoroughly impressed with the involvement of our in-house design team and in particular our design and drafting manager. She was instrumental in helping us produce these uniquely shaped homes which, once you walk inside do not give you any feeling of concern about space. They are light filled, they flow and they are just a pleasure to walk around.
TW: There’s plenty of living space for everyone in these homes, providing ample room for private retreat and communal gathering. Was this an important part of the planning process for you?
Andrew: Overall, each these homes provide in excess of 240sqm of habitable space. That is quite unique in a modern townhouse development of any shape. It was important for us to create homes of a size that can be enjoyed comfortably. They’ve also been set up to maximise the indoor-outdoor lifestyle, so the rear yard and alfresco can become part of the living space.
TW: Not forgetting our beloved pets, there’s a decent size back yard. Did you find that this was key to include in the planning process?
Andrew: The challenge with any multi-unit development is striking the right balance between internal living areas and private open space. In addition to each unit having its own private balcony, it was essential for us to include some ground level open space, with grass and plenty of mature landscape. Given the nature of our weather in South East Queensland.
TW: Accompanying the ultra-contemporary design, each of the homes are fitted out with quality fixtures and finishing’s creating a luxe look. Whilst the homes have a very modern aesthetic, you have used finishings that create an organic feel. Can you outline some of the materials used and why?
Andrew: Given the location of this development in Palm Beach, one of the Gold Coast’s most up and coming suburbs, it was essential we hit the right demographic. We’ve included oak flooring, stone benches, feature timber laminates, matt black tapwear, porcelain tiles amongst a number of other things. But we’ve also looked to maximise the functional elements such as providing surfboard storage to each garage, outdoor showers, corner stacker doors, louvre windows – all aimed getting the best out of the Gold Coast lifestyle.
TW: Importantly, this development is located only 250 metres from the beach. Location is key obviously, were there any other important aspects you were looking for when sourcing a block?
Andrew: Location is almost always the most important decision when selecting any development site. If the location is right, then you are free to find creative ways of taking advantage of the area and designing homes for how people live or how people want to live in those areas. You can see, smell and throw a stone onto the beach from these townhouses, so that has influenced both our choice of the site and the designs we’ve built.
Clever Architecture in Palm Beach palmbeachfn.com.au November 2018 First National Palm Beach
by Rhys Wildermoth
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