Artisan Apartments

Heidelberg, 2015

Situated on the edge of extensive parklands, and moments from all the vibrant Heidelberg strip shopping, these apartments offer spacious north facing living. Every home has been designed to maximise views and passive performance. With an average energy rating of 8.6 stars, occupants will benefit from lower running costs and healthier spaces.

Best Multi-residential Winner 2016 

Best Energy Efficient Residential 2016

Best Sustainable Design 2016

Best Building Design of the Year 2016


Type: Multi-residential new build

Location: Heidelberg

Size: Site 956.1m2,  Proposed building 526.8m2, Car parks 22, Ground floor Garden/Outdoor Entertaining 281.7m2

Builder: DCS Built

Challenges: 13 spacious apartments on a tight site with neighbours to the west and south, not overshadowing/overlooking neighbours, north access to all apartment living spaces

Building Star Rating: average 8.5+ stars

Features: sloped south-west zinc roof/wall as a creative response to rescode requirements, angled walls and voids to allow north solar access to all apartment living areas, generous outdoor spaces to all apartments varying from 7.3m2 to 48.9m2, communal walkways with planters as balustrade

Photography; Peter Clarke and Luke Middleton

Read Artisan article featured on Sanctuary Magazine


“Outstanding design, location, energy efficiency, sound efficiency and especially room sizes and visual aspects towards the church and park.

Your design ….  was a master stroke.

Two very happy owners.” – Don and Loris



“Congratulations on your award for the Best Building Design for The Artisan building. Well deserved for a fantastic design and great building.” – John


sustainable apartment floor plan

Sustainable strategy:

Water Saving: water tanks in basement for garden irrigation and toilet flushing. The entire roof system of this design is based around the collection and harvesting
of water providing one hundred percent retention and reuse.

Passive Design: The placement of windows and deep reveals have considered both connection to the landscape and passive solar design, minimised east/west glazing, operable windows located for cross ventilation, high thermal mass in concrete slabs and blockwork walls

Building materials: high levels of insulation including kingspan kooltherm foam insulation on blockwork walls

Windows: Ecoclassic high performance double glazed windows

Active Heating & Cooling: ceiling fans

Lighting: Daylight maximised , LED fittings

Paints, finishes & floor coverings: low VOC paint throughout, external blinds shade doors & windows where necessary

Other ESD features: high density living in the inner city that is attractive to families and empty nesters. Houses in the sky not tiny soulless boxes, as a serious alternative to urban sprawl

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