Special Interview: Cirque Mount Pleasant – Blending Form, Function & Features
Not many new Perth apartment complexes excite us here at design-estate. So when one comes along, that captivates our imagination and impresses us with wide-ranging design sensibility we respond!
Cirque in Mount Pleasant is an extraordinary balance between design structure both internally and externally, a mix of modern amenities, 5 Star eco-rated and high-end features.
I wanted to tap into the overall philosophies behind this build so you could appreciate the apartments in finer detail.
Megan Cordin, from MJA Studio, one of the team of architects and interior designers behind this project kindly spoke to us recently.
When asked, by your client, to come up with something ‘different and unique’ what was the process and the key philosophies behind the architecture and interiors?
We wanted to create an environment where people really desired to live. The aim was to create a benchmark for apartment living, to change people’s perspective and understanding of what apartment living can be whilst designing an aspirational building of no compromise”.
Cirque’s design is the result of a holistic approach that prioritises architectural form, amenity, environment and community. The building has been designed to engage from a distance- the butterfly form of the tower will be instantly recognisable from any point on the river. The shape reduces bulk, maximises solar orientation and extends the opportunities for panoramic views.
Location is a big part of what makes Cirque so special. This corner of Mt Pleasant is engaged in a process of rejuvenation and regeneration with excellent connectivity and access to public transport. Cirque has the opportunity to take in 360 degree views capturing the city, the confluence of two rivers as well as Fremantle harbour.
When we looked at the planning of the individual apartments, we were always trying to maximise space, maximise light and maximise views. We wanted the buyers to experience life from a new perspective. The interiors demanded quality and luxury. Again, there was no compromise. The apartments are flooded with the warmth of natural light and a richness of material selection. We have beautiful travertines, marble surfaces of natural grain, textured timber veneers and soft carpets. The themes of light, reflection, texture and relief are evident throughout the apartments and their interiors.
What type of dweller did you design these apartments to accommodate?
Cirque creates an environment within an established community. We believe the amenity and community infrastructure provided within the building will appeal to young couples, growing families and empty nesters alike. Cirque is all about lifestyle, so will appeal to anyone in the market for an apartment within an integrated mix of commercial, retail, residential, cultural and leisure uses. The building’s location allows dual aspect to two street frontages where the residents will have access to a business hub, new cafes and bars as well as a community centre.
The quality of finish, generous floor plates and the luxury resort vibe of the landscape podium mean that Cirque is a beautiful place to live no matter who you are.
What key design elements and features did you want to capture in Cirque and why?
Cirque is to be one of Western Australia’s first residential towers which holds a 5 star green star rating. This is a project where form and function are seamless. Encapsulated in the design are environmental objectives that forge a precedent for residential development. This was important to us, not only to protect the planet, but to also have direct beneficial impact on the residents and locals through reduced living expenses and improved well-being and social sustainability.
Walk us through the highlights of a weekend in this new apartment?
A morning waking up at Cirque – the glassy calm of two rivers at sunrise, the soft murmurings of the rowers at dawn and the early morning runners and cyclists hitting the riverfront path.
Reading the morning paper on your generous balcony with your morning coffee planning the day ahead.
Shopping and a casual lunch at one of the many restaurants within the area (or the building) and then back home to put your feet up and gaze out at the views.
Down to level 4 and the podium deck – it’s like you have been transported to a luxury resort. Shaking a cocktail at the bar, planning a dinner for your friends within the private dining rooms, or relaxing poolside with a glass of wine and a steak on the BBQ.
Sunset cocktails in the breezy cabana’s followed by watching the footy in the cinema room or lounge.
Home to your cosy, warm and secure apartment to fix a snack using your elegant European appliances and to watch the city lights start to twinkle.
What’s your personal favourite element, from an architecture and interior perspective of this design?
My favourite element of Cirque would be the unique form of the building. The elegant curves were the platform for creating design opportunities both architecturally as well as with the interiors. Quality of light, access to cross ventilation as well as public amenity were key elements of consideration whilst designing Cirque. The form created dynamism within the building as well as floor plans that are unique and different. The forms help create optimum warmth to the communal areas producing a variety of light dappled, landscaped lawns as well as allowing the creation of more intimate spaces- all with broad and magical views.