DKO Architecture Wins Third Development Project in Erskineville


The sought after development, Zenith and Metters, will feature 18 residential terraces and a six-storey apartment complex with 103 dwellings.

The project is located on 7,262 square metres of land and will be the flagship project by Golden Rain Development.

It will be located behind recently completed residential project EVE also designed by DKO architecture. EVE surpassed $100 million in sales in its first release of stock in May 2014. It is a success that Zenith and Metters will hope to replicate.

DKO Associate Director Raymond Mah

says their pitch was successful because of their awareness of Erskineville’s architectural history, location, and urban context.

“The scheme provides an urban framework that responds to the evolving context of Erskineville, it invests significantly in the public domain through the introduction of ‘the stoop’.”

The use of the stoop in the project’s design plays a big part in DKO’s philosophy. The stoop is a part of a shared social interaction. The ground floor apartments will feature these raised interspatial zones that connect public to private and provide direct street access.

DKO Director David Randerson

says it was not only the physical appearance of a building they were concerned about but the space in between the buildings.

“Every kind of architectural definition has an in-between space. We are particularly interested in the human interactions that occur in the space in between and providing space where people can rest, play or simply be.”

The use of the stoop can be seen as the merging of the past and present where architectural design reflects history. It is a suburb adapting for the future of design.

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