The Bottleyard won the coveted Judge’s Award against stiff competition. In the winner’s citation, the Bottleyard was described as a unique development successfully integrated into its surrounding heritage area with a commitment to the environment and featuring quality apartments in an innovative and unique layout.
The innovative architectural approach – that achieved Design Excellence – creates “Dual Aspect Apartments”. Every home has access to northern sun with at least one window facing north west or north east. And most two-bedroom apartments have two balconies
The internal design of the apartments emphasises quality and is reflected in the views, abundant light and ventilation maximised through full height and full width sliding doors and cleverly designed landings that increase light penetration and airflow.
Quality Bosch appliances and fixtures are consistent with multiple vibrant interior design options and timber floors and quality window treatment choices are standard.
Public art is prominent at The Bottleyard which features the work of five different artists – three local, one national, and the other international. Prior to construction, an Archaeological dig allowed the recycling of old bottles in public art and the donation of 214 unique bottles that were recovered to state museum. The construction features the use of ‘rough’ materials like tumbled bricks, rough sawn jarrah, and broken glass
The Bottleyard was originally a traditional hunting ground for the Mooro people and then a market garden for some of the first Chinese settlers. Reflecting that tradition of the site providing food for its inhabitants a “largely edible landscape” was designed with a community vegetable garden complemented by plantings that include olive trees, bay trees and rosemary
A key element of the design approach was to treat the site like a city block avoiding one large big building that dominated the site and, instead, separating the structures into seven buildings linked by open walkways and landings.
These buildings then define three courtyards or ‘garden rooms’ of varying sizes which become communal gathering spaces and allow all apartments to be cross ventilated easily and ensuring South facing apartments can enjoy North light. The two narrower courtyards allow continuous sightlines from Palmerston Street to Robertson Park with its green space.
The staggered heights of the buildings complement the streetscape each building faces.
The attractive walk along Palmerston Street is achieved by the staggered building setbacks, tumbled face brick work and other fine grained material elements which have all been designed into the building so that they can be engaged with by passing pedestrians. Clear sightlines into the development allow passers-by to peer into the ‘garden rooms’ or look right through the development to catch glimpses of the heritage listed Robertson park.
The market response to the release of The Bottleyard stamped the Design Excellence awarded to the development when 112 out of the 125 apartments rapidly sold off the plan in a market which was already starting to slow down n 2015.
The Bottleyard Apartments
The Bottleyard is steeped in history stretching back to when the area was the home of the Mooro People. Extensive archaeological surveys and studies have retrieved many important artefacts that are now displayed in the WA Museum from this area.
In the late 1800’s the land was drained and set up as a market garden, which continued to operate until the turn of the century. In the early 1900’s the site became Perth’s busiest bottleyard, used by several different companies over the next 70 years including the ‘Perth and Fremantle Bottle Exchange Company.’ This development has been named “The Bottleyard” as a tribute to its former life.
Join us as we open the next chapter in the history of “The Bottleyard.”
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