Port Melbourne, Victoria
The six-level Beacon Apartments and office building, adjacent to Port Phillip Bay, has an elegant, understated presence. Its highly refined architectural language, with strong links to modernism and abstraction, reads as a taut concrete envelope into which a finely detailed glass and metal form has been inserted. This form houses 16 apartments, which cantilever out beyond the concrete envelope to reach towards the bay, and pull back from a rear courtyard with city views to the north. These apartments enjoy exceptional outlooks to both orientations, as well as a strong connection between the two vistas, generated by their elongated, linear forms.
At ground level, the entrance to the apartments is dark and narrow, and culminates in a mirrored lift, which accentuates the approach. This entry corridor is flanked by a series of clean-lined offices whose glazed street frontages afford a glimpse to the bay opposite.
Although the program is largely private, considered gestures have been made to engage with the public realm, including an abstract sculptural wall on the west façade, whose fluting accentuates varying light conditions as the sun moves across its surface.