Eve On ErnetonArchitecture / Built / Residential
Eve on Erneton, located in the flourishing inner-west Brisbane suburb of Newmarket, is a boutique project in every sense of the word. The design focused on several principles: delivering a small scale multi-residential development which engages subtly with the established neighbourhood, and providing spacious, private apartments which incorporate the transition between indoors and outdoors in a fashion unique to the heritage of the traditional Queensland verandah.
Spread over three levels, these apartments read as a large home from the street, which features predominantly detached houses. Crisp white masonry walls and generous wrap-around balconies are complemented with a clipped hedge front fence to create privacy at street level. To reduce the impact of cars on site, car parking is located in the basement.
Only 10 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD, Eve on Erneton is designed for a growing demographic of young professionals and downsizers looking for convenient and low maintenance housing close to the CBD, which does not sacrifice the space and privacy offered by a detached residence.
“Queenslanders take pride in their homes,” says architect Danny Juric, Director of Plus Architecture’s Brisbane studio. “In our design of Eve on Erneton we spent a great deal of time considering how to create apartments which engender that same sense of pride for its residents.”
Spread over three levels, Eve on Erneton features 12 apartments, predominantly two-bedroom except for a one-bedroom abode at ground level. With basement parking, four dwellings per floor, each apartment establishes a deep sense of privacy, while also allowing balconies and floor-to-ceiling glass walls either side of the living areas. “It’s a more efficient layout and allows for generous natural light,” says Juric, who sees the balconies as extensions of the kitchen and living areas. “You can enjoy sitting on the balcony or in the living areas, looking out to the treetops. Being close to the ground allows for this greenscape,” he adds.
Generous planting shields the apartments, providing privacy to residents and neighbours. Too often, apartments create a tension with their urban surrounds, jarring with the surrounding typology. By leading the design with elements of surrounding heritage, such as deep verandahs, Eve on Erneton is not only sympathetic to its environment, but also provides a blueprint for suburban low density multi-residential design in Brisbane.