Craft and Inspiration
Without a doubt Corde’s most defining architectural feature is the operable bronze metallic screens that adorn the tower’s street and city facing facades. Their arrangement creates an active and ever-changing facade composition. The resulting effect of these profiled perforated screens interlocking and overlapping one another is the appearance of ‘fabric’ to the building; an abstract reference to the patterns and configurations born out of the rope sequencing and thread making process.
The existing streetscape is reinstated and intensified through the creation of a robust brick podium. At closer inspection, the attention to the crafting of each element becomes apparent; at street level, Corde has a finer grain to it and engages at the human scale. As a link to nearby Mowbray Park, Corde seeks to initiate the idea of a continued landscape experience through an abundance of street, podium and rooftop planting that offers a green face back to the street.
The apartment interiors seamlessly continue the articulation of the building exterior. Making reference to rope construction, the design incorporates a harmonious combination of angular forms and weave patterning. A simple palette of materials gives a bold contemporary approach along with a hint of industrial chic composed by the use of bronze metal. White walls and reflective surfaces allow light to penetrate the apartment for a spacious feel, whilst keeping a focus on impressive views.