Edition 5 | August 2014
News & views from MAP Architecture & Planning.

Mixed Media Apartments in Melbourne

MAP is designing a mixed media apartment complex in the sought after suburb of Cremorne, in Melbourne, Australia. The complex sits on the edge of Melbourne’s sports precinct. When built, residents can easily walk to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the holy grail of Australian Sports venues; Flinders Park Tennis Centre, home of the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis event; and the Olympic Park Soccer Stadium.

There are eighteen units in the complex. Simplex units average 550 square feet and duplex units are 1000 square feet. A 24 space car park will use stacker technology. The building has core 10 steel, face brick work and white rendered walls to contrast the natural materials.

Sustainable design features will give the property a six star green energy rating. All units are north facing and have balconies to control the sun in the summer and allow maximum sun penetration in the winter. Fresh air ducts on the south side of the apartments will enable residents to flush out the hot air on summer evenings, reducing the reliance on air conditioning.

The apartments are currently at planning and approval stage. 

Project Overview

- Service: Masterplan, Architecture
- Sector: Apartments
- Client: Private
- Size: 525m² 

Value by Design

- Six Star Green Energy Rating
- North Facing
- Natural Ventilation
- Space Saving Car Park Stacker
Concept Renders & Design Details

First Release Chinese Chandon Wine 


The MAP designed Domaine Chandon sparkling winery in Ningxia, China has recently released its first vintage of sparkling wine. MAP was delighted to receive such high praise from leading wine expert Fongyee Walker in Jancis Robinson’s wine blog:

...a very beautifully designed winery. The thing that pleased me the most is that it was not a silly ersatz copy of a chateau, but actually designed to pick up the features of Ningxia's surroundings, with the 'huang' (tawny yellow) of the earth reflected in the wall... was a rare opportunity to drink a lovely well-made wine, while listening to good music, having a great talk and hanging out to watch the sun set over the Ningxia mountains discussing freely the potential of the was a real celebration of how things should be developed for the future!

MAP is currently involved in other winery projects in China and India and looks forward to providing more inspired winery designs to these emerging wine-growing areas, and bringing more enjoyment to wine tourism and tasting. 

MAP’s Award Nominations


MAP was very pleased to have two of its projects shortlisted in the design et al 2014 International Hotel and Property Awards. MAP’s interior design work on the City of Dreams Hard Rock Hotel suites was nominated in the Hotel Suite category and MAP’s Lakeside Café in the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, Wuxi, China, was nominated in the Restaurant within a Hotel category. Click on images for more details. 
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