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Samy Mansour
27 Nov 2009

Shay Cleary’s Alto Tower provides a multi residential apartment tower on a former single residence site

The 21m x 8m site formerly occupied by a two storey house now accommodates the glazed free standing sixteen storey tower. Alto Vetro addresses both the bridge to the north and a stone linear space to the south which was considered as part of the preliminary design.

At the ground floor, an entrance hall is located towards the middle of the plan and has a fully glazed inner wall looking onto the dock. There is a retail / commercial unit on either side of the apartment foyer. On the upper floors there are typically two apartments per floor with their living rooms at the ends of the building providing panoramic views. Bedrooms are located on either side of a central hallway but can also be accessed from either end of the living space through full height openings with concealed sliding doors. This movement along the edge of the plan allows users to experience the full dimension of the apartment and the extent of the glazed enclosure in both directions.

Two duplex units accommodate the uppermost levels with a communal roof terrace and each apartment has a cantilevered balcony accessible from its living area.

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