The site of this small apartment building was originally the home of the Golden West Aerated Water Company, established around 1902, whose original clay bottles are now rare collectors’ items. The idea of aerated water inspired the bubbly façade.
The building, currently under construction, is in the inner-Perth suburb of Leederville. It is part of a new masterplan for Leederville, designed to attract higher-density living and to promote top-quality residential design. The suburb has a young social scene of bars and cafes, plus an interesting mix of established restaurants, supermarkets, playgrounds and small open spaces.
M24 has 39 apartments over three storeys with a commercial level on the ground floor. The apartments are configured to maximise direct daylight and air into bedrooms. All the living spaces connect directly to balconies and daylight. The balconies themselves are external rooms with space for outdoor furniture and planting.
The bubbles are also a Voronoi diagram: a network of cells that occurs naturally in many plants and animals. (ARM has used Voronois in several other projects including the Melbourne Recital Centre and Wintergarden.) They symbolise the active nature of life and living, which seems appropriate for apartments.