A habitable sculpture

Wednesday 12 Sep 2012

ARM Architecture have designed the Orbis apartments, a futuristic take on residential complexes, with artistic inspiration.

ARM Architecture present Orbis, a startlingly innovative new 8 storey apartment in South Melbourne due for completion in 2014.

With an area of 5,000 sq-m, the project draws influence from sculpture, using polished metal spheres to produce startling and wonderful reflections and lush internal spaces. The building comprises a variety of apartment types from 55 sq-m single bedroom apartments, to 78 sq-m double bedroom penthouses.

ARM Architecture, who chose the design strategy, is one of Australia’s leading architecture firms with offices in Melbourne and Perth. Using an architectural technique that is more often associated with sculpture, ARM has incorporated selective removal from a mass to reveal a figure or image. Employed at the scale of a building, this approach generates facades that go beyond the composition of patterns or forms to create space and make a remarkable contribution to the urban skyline.

At ground level, spheres carve a striking; two storey arches that refers to the nearby NGV, while another sphere forms an entry area. Like the sculptures of Anish Kapoor, the inside of the entry sphere will be polished metal and produce reflections as people pass through. By using a sphere as the defining influence for the building's exterior ARM have delivered an architectural gesture that creates voluptuous surfaces and contributes to a rich and dynamic identity.

ARM Architecture issued a statement on Orbis, and said that "It has been our goal to create apartments of the highest quality, which express the vitality of city life. We have sought to energise these apartments through well laid out interiors and through shaping and marking the face of the building."

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