New Apartment Trends for 2018
The latest Census results show a strong shift towards apartment living in Australia, particularly in the major capital cities. A growing proportion of people are prioritising access to jobs and local amenity over the traditional Aussie dream of the big backyard.
At the same time, architects are continuing to push the envelope in apartment design. Over the last 10 years, apartment design has changed dramatically – and decidedly for the better, according to Blake Schulze, Director at Colliers International.
With demand for apartment living increasing, it is important to understand how to select the right property, with the right features to cater to today’s tenants/owners, and tenants/owners of the future.
“New apartment buildings create lighter, brighter rooms and more liveable indoor/outdoor spaces that are way more appealing than the “box” type living offered by apartments of previous decades in the 80’s and 90s,” said Schulze.
“There are 4 major transformative design themes that best summarise why this dramatic shift has resulted in growing demand for liveable buildings with the “cool” factor,” Schulze adds.
Stunning Glass Facades
Most of the best buildings feature less brick and concrete in favour of more glazing. This design choice greatly enhances the building both externally in terms of aesthetics, and internally in terms of light and liveability. Residents enjoy unobstructed views via a floor-to-ceiling window from inside their apartment and interesting glazed external surface finishes add further light and texture.
Gone are the days where there was either no resident amenity or just a pool and a tiny gym. The trend of increased facilities is here to stay through unwavering demand from residents for more luxurious, social and useful spaces that are an extension of residents’ own apartments.
“Resort Style Living has been making an impact in new multi residential projects with well designed facilities such as health clubs, spas, fitness centres and exclusive adult only pool clubs with infinity pools and entertaining rooftops that can be booked for special occasions,” emphasises Sue Axland, Interior Stylist from Axlund & Goldstein Interiors.
Private dining rooms and cinemas for residents to book and use for parties, libraries and reading zones, BBQ areas, garden breakout spaces and resort style pools are now giving fresh reasons for people to live in new apartment buildings.
A Grand Entrance
Leading developers and architects are now putting a lot of additional thought into the “arrival experience” of residents into a building. Lobbies are being designed to exude an enhanced sense of luxury, intimacy and community.
Buildings that feel like a 5-star hotel in terms of style while providing the comforts of a home are particularly in vogue, and will have sustainable long-term appeal to current and future owners.
Kitchen is King
Kitchens today are the centrepieces of our homes. They're no longer designed as just functional spaces, and they are now designing them with creative flair and treating the joinery more like custom pieces of furniture.
"We are taking the hardware as seriously as we do the appliances. We are adding personality back - the minimalist look of the past is being replaced with character-filled kitchens in our homes,” says Axlund.
“A home needs warmth and personality that can reflect the people that reside there. I think this understanding in design is making a comeback with out paying too much attention to ‘trends’ but to who resides there and how they wish to live,” adds Axlund.
If you want to refresh your kitchen and dining room colour palette in 2018, try shades of gunmetal blue, moss or sage green, dusty pinks or neutral tones.
Just remember trends come and go, but quality lasts when inspecting new build apartments this year.
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