Theo Kerlidis is the Principal of Longboat Development Group and k20 Architecture. He is a developer who is passionate about his work of creating communities, not just buildings. Here he provides The Urban Developer readers with an insight into his philosophies and where he draws his inspiration.
Above and below: Eternity in West Footscray will consist of 61 generously proportioned one and two bedroom apartments in five timber clad structures.
I draw inspiration from cities and projects that provide low to mid-rise apartments that are established as places to raise families and to create communities, especially those that provide mixed-use and affordable solutions. There is a lot of great work being done and I simply seek to draw out the best from the site and create places of inspiration.
Above and below: Trinity Apartments by k20 Architecture located in West Footscray, Melbourne, achieves a building star rating of 7.3 stars. A three storey void creates a dramatic entry point to the building and allows daylight to penetrate the common area of each level. Image credits: Peter Bennetts.
The challenge for the future will be to combine these two aspects. The approach is to enable people to be part of the plan, that is, to be involved with the design of the interior of their low to mid-rise apartment within a well-positioned and a well connected site.
If it is not APRA or the Chinese market or the local banking criteria being challenged, it will be something else in the future. An aspect that I believe holds true is that buildings and developments that are well designed, well put together and fit within their context should always retain their value. It is more relevant than ever that we continue to create places that are unique and respond to the needs of the individual.