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PostPosted: 02 Aug 2012, 07:45 
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What does everyone think of this new ARM effort ?

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July 28, 2012

Katherine Townsend

Architectural sameness is roundly dismissed by a bold spin on functionality.

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The Orbis Apartments development. Artist's impression.

South Melbourne is awash with housing history - from the portable 19th-century iron houses in Coventry Street, to The Block's quartet of updated terraces in Dorcas Street - but now a new kid with a modern sensibility is joining the suburb.

Orbis, designed by ARM Architecture - formerly Ashton Raggatt McDougall - will have seven floors of apartments set inside a building with a facade reminiscent of a surrealist painting.


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Oh yes very arty but how practical is it?

How do the residents on the upper floors clean (or maintain) the outside of their windows with the sculpture in the way?

However if the windows to the upper floors can be opened from the inside then I can't wait to see this sculpture when tenants hang their washing out to dry on it - that will be a good look.


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It does look like the sculptural form is integrated with the balconies which have french doors... the only place you'd get the problem of hanging washing outside might be the lower couple of floors ... mind you exactly where you don't want them. Apart from the circle bits these floors are pretty much standard affair. Makes for an interesting contrast, even if the sculptural forms are essentially superficial.

I wonder if they'll actually use balloons in the construction like the Ballan dome.


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the only place you'd get the problem of hanging washing outside might be the lower couple of floors ... mind you exactly where you don't want them.


Many owner's corporations prohibit the hanging of washing on balconies. Ours certainly does. Enforcing the rule is a different matter.

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Another render of Orbis:

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