The architecturally distinctive building designed by Jackson Architecture will establish a unique urban presence within Carlton and Fitzroy, while staying true to the neighbourhoods’ cultural heritage.
The materiality of the façade includes natural, contrasting light and dark concrete. The light concrete panels are textured with a circular graphic pattern found in some European countries, paying homage to many of Carlton’s residents origins, while the contrasting dark concrete is textured with a ‘masonry stone’ pattern reminiscent of the original blue cobblestone streets of Carlton. Pop-out perforated metal clad balconies and staggered anodised window hoods add another element of articulation to the façade.
With curved walls and concrete balustrades softening the corner of the building, varying heights, materials and textures, and conscious set-backs applied to several levels of the built form, Encompass’ considered design creates privacy for its residents and a unique visual impact from every angle.
The building design incorporates core sustainability features such as water management initiatives, natural light and ventilation to every corridor, consideration of orientation and shading maximising light and ventilation to all apartments, all contributing to a minimum 5 star energy rating. While the building includes car parking, the ease of pedestrian and bicycle connections to the surrounding urban village of Carlton and Fitzroy and the proximity to the CBD means residents won’t need their car.