Urban art in architecture from Tony Owen

Sian
Friday 26 Apr 2013

Eden Apartments by Tony Owen Partners blurs the line between building and art


The Eden Art Wall apartment development explores the line between architecture and sign. This urban infill project is located in a varied and complex part of the Sydney cityscape and is visible from many vantages. The office sought to explore the possibilities of adding to the tapestry as a piece of art in the urban landscape.

Vertical louvres of varying colours and textures create a pattern on the eight-storey facade that is discernable only from a distance. Up close it’s just a part of the colour of the city, by when viewed from afar a distinct image emerges of fabric flowing in the breeze.

Five visual concepts were trialed, including the face of a Cate Blanchett. In a unique approach, the final image was chosen from an on-line poll of various options to allow the public to decide the streetscape of their city. Some council officers even registered their preference, with the abstract fabric design being judged more appropriate than the graphic of the attractive blonde, the floating clouds, the cityscape and the CBD skyline.

The interiors are bold, with colourful tiles, geometric-patterned wallpaper, exposed storage options, modular joinery, and kitchens designed as large pieces of furniture to maximise the space.

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