Reaching for the sky at twenty-four levels, the Village Quays (VQ) Harbour Views apartment building in Rhodes offers spectacular outlook from most levels. At the upper heights of the building, lucky residents can see the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but all residents on all levels are afforded pleasing vistas. In this regard, the VQ Harbour Views building, one of five in the Village Quays development, lives up to the promise of its name.
The process of designing the architectural form of the VQ Harbour Views development was a collaborative one. There was a high level of cooperation between SJB Architecture and Billbergia, who had an architect on-staff throughout the project. In this way, “We were both speaking the same language during the design process,” as Nick says, with fruitful results.
The outcome of this collaboration is a sharply designed building, unashamedly architectural and formal in its expression, and yet somehow understated. The exterior of the building is composed of precast concrete vertical panels and balustrade upstands in strong, repeating geometric patterns. Glazing is expressed and framed in anodized aluminium commercial frames, giving a smart appearance.
With so much of the exterior of the building (all of the precast) requiring a paint finish, Taubmans proposed the Armawall™ system, delivering a superior result for the application. Armawall™ provides high resistance to fading, blistering, mould development and other forms of ageing for a significant period, benefiting residents through lower maintenance fees. The façade of VQ Harbour Views was painted in a simple palette of crisp white, light grey and dark grey; this neutral colour scheme was extended across all five buildings at Village Quays.
Moving into the interiors, two palettes were designed for purchasers, broadly defined as ‘light’ and ‘dark’ schemes. As with the exterior, the interiors were designed with an understated appearance in mind, one that best captured the presence of natural light, and framed the excellent views. Taubmans Pure Performance™ was selected by the developer for three reasons – its low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), its value for money and its durability. Low VOC paints provide markedly better air quality in interiors, by reducing an effect called ‘off-gassing’. Pure Performance™ is a superior product of this type, and has met with the approval of the National Asthma Council of Australia’s Sensitive Choice® program.