Apartment with No Walls

  • UP and Mirvac Design recently partnered with Mirvac Development on an exciting ideas competition for all to enter. The aim was to seek creative ideas for a flexible / multifunctional / prototype-able 'Apartment with NO Walls', and the brief was developed around real opportunities being considered and the potential for ideas to be developed to help inform future initiatives.

    As the needs of the customers shift and change it is important that apartments adapt as well. Customers want more flexibility and the ability to use their apartments in new and different ways. Importantly, they want to be involved in making, defining, and curating their spaces. 

    This was a fantastic opportunity for all of our design team to think about the future of apartment living in our increasingly diverse, vibrant and liveable cities. 

    Some of the challenges / opportunities to provoke thinking include:

    • Spaces need to shift and adapt to changing lifestyles and usage patterns
    • Technology is radically changing the way we use space
    • Smaller apartments need all available space to work harder and be multifunctional
    • Apartments increasingly need to have different modes: day / night; communing / retreating; entertaining / working

    All of Mirvac Design was invited to submit an A3 conceptual design and a 200 word design statement for the competition for either a one or two bedroom apartment. Teamwork was encouraged, and there were 18 entries submitted, which were all anonymous.

    Following a rigorous judging process, the field was narrowed down to five finalists who were invited to present their schemes to the judging panel and all entrants at a celebratory breakfast at Butcher and the Farmer at Tramsheds, recently developed by Mirvac.

    Ultimately the winners were announced, and team Magno-Wall were successful, comprising Mark Zwolsman and Joe Amato. In addition to their win, the pair have been invited to attend workshops over the coming months, to further develop their ideas and push the boundaries of apartment living. Congratulations to all who entered!