The pandemic has forced us to change our lives in many different ways, more specifically, our home spaces, some even trying to understand and re-think the role of architecture post-pandemic. When we asked what role design had through a pandemic, Paul Blackburne said although design had always been important to his life, the current limbo showed the world just how important it was in all of our lives: to create a space to relax, unwind and prioritize our well-being.
“With pandemic-imposed restrictions in place, people are spending more time at home than ever before, so we are seeing more of our buyers appreciating and understanding the benefits of good design,” Mr Blackburne said.
Mentalities are shifting: What people previously needed from their homes is progressing.
For Paul, this looks like The Grove: his latest apartment project. It allows him to bring his conception of lifestyle focused design —and on a personal level what was important to him— to life: a curated collection of spaces for health and wellness, entertainment and social, dining and leisure, work, and nature connection.
“The home needs to be somewhere you can escape from the routine and pressures of everyday life,” Mr Blackburne said.
He said the ethos of The Grove Residences was built around that very notion, a space that feels like a holiday – and travel behaviours have led to more people looking for these features when purchasing a home.
“With people unable to visit their favourite international resorts, we wanted to bring a touch of that experience to life at The Grove,” he said.
He’s talking about the 30-meter swimming pool surrounded by plush cabanas and shady palm trees, the Moroccan inspired thermal bathhouse with a steam room, sauna, spa and cold plunge, to the expansive fully equipped gym and yoga studio overlooking a lush garden. The type of amenities that you would only expect to see at a world class resort.
Although our home spaces will never replace our Positano dreams, it sounds tranquil doesn’t it?
Many of us have also experienced and are now seeing the benefits from working from home. Paul wanted to create something much larger and more high-end because even after COVID is over, he expected more people to spend more time working from their home spaces.
“We have included a state of the art business lounge for residents, a space where residents can come to work on their laptops with high-speed internet, comfortable work stations and a space to meet clients,” Paul said.
They’ve also included home offices, second living rooms and separate study desks inside each of the apartments.
“So working from home becomes natural,” Mr Blackburne said.
The role of sustainability is another important facet post-pandemic. As our economies recover, individuals and businesses have a great chance to rebuild a more sustainable, low-carbon economy. Paul said he is achieving this through design.
“Technologies such as solar panels, embedded energy networks, high performance glazing and lighting and efficient hot water and air-conditioning systems play a large role in sustainability, The Grove features all of these however, most of the sustainability benefits are achieved by incorporating sustainability principles into the built form design,” Mr Blackburne said.
The apartments have been designed to have an abundance of natural light and cross ventilation while at the same time utilising clever cantilevers, screening, and orientation to minimize the negative impact of harsh summer sun and the associated thermal loading.
The Grove is one example of how design can play an important role in our world today and in our future: to support the pressures of everyday life and give you a space to recover too.
Perth is undoubtedly hot property, 60% of The Grove Residences have already sold with construction on the project to commence in April this year. Now is the last chance to receive the maximum benefit of the government incentives, visit the website for more: www.thegroveresidences.com.au.