Bringing the outside in

Architect Robert Knee discusses the importance of the relationship between external and interior spaces.

Q. WHAT DID YOU NEED TO CONSIDER WHEN DESIGNING THE INTERIORS AT ESSENCE?

A. There were a number of keys factors we really wanted to capture at Essence: light, the expansive outlook and the northern sun. We also wanted to create a natural flow between the different spaces, so we could deliver homes that make the most of their living areas.

Q. HOW IMPORTANT IS THE OUTSIDE ENVIRONMENT IN THE DESIGN OF THE APARTMENTS AT ESSENCE?

A. The interaction between external and interior spaces is probably one of the most important considerations when designing multi-unit homes, particularly the relationship between the living areas, balconies and the outside environment. Each of these spaces needs to be able to function individually, but they also need to work well together and become extensions of each other when required. At Essence, all the homes face north, so we created designs that would maximise natural light and water views, while still maintaining the privacy of residents.

Q. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE WITH THE INTERIOR SPACES AT ESSENCE?

A. We really wanted to create the feel of comfortable spaces for all ages, create privacy and offer an amazing outlook, while also integrating with the outside environment. We also wanted to give people something different to other homes on offer in the area. Everything about Essence, from the living spaces and balconies down to the tapware and the door handles, has been designed to create an engaging private space that will enhance people’s lives.