SOUL Cronulla, a collaboration between Vic Lake Architects, BRONXX Construction group, Lithic Australia, and Mia Lake Interiors sought to skillfully recognise and integrate the aesthetic and functional properties of natural stone to create a set of apartments timeless in design and quality.
Awarded 2019 MBA Building of the Year, SOUL achieved this goal and in doing so set a new precedent for build quality and sustainability on this iconic Australian headland.
- Construction: BRONXX Construction
- Architect: Vic Lake Architects
- Interior Design: Mia Lake Interiors
- Material Supply: Lithic Australia
The entrance and foyer of a building may, in many cases, be the only common space experienced by all residents. Additionally, it is the first and perhaps only interaction a guest or visitor may have with a building.
Whether welcoming returning residents or new visitors, this area serves to introduce SOUL to all. Unmissable is the large Esinti marble feature with an inbuilt minimalist fountain.
Custom cut Esinti marble stools give visitors a place to sit and admire the high-level craftsmanship. These statement pieces are offset with a lush vertical garden featuring a range of seasonal colours and textures. Transitioning inside, the anti-slip diamond scratch Elamite limestone changes to a honed format, allowing the stones unique colours and movements to become a canvas for a sleek interior design.
Elamite tiles with a diamond scratch finish offer an incredibly hard wearing and durable rooftop material that is both anti-slip and cool underfoot. The subdued variation of the diamond scratch finish allows it to canvas large areas and allow other elements such as the Esinti marble BBQ, the raised glass plunge pool, and flowering succulent garden to add a variety of colour & character to this space.
The interior styling of each apartment works to develop a unique sense of coastal living. A clean design with large curving walls maximises natural light and works to blur the distinction between inside and out.
A selection of natural weathered materials creates a spacious feel with splashes of colour and decadence throughout. Natural stone is again utilised, both on the balconies and kitchen splash-backs. A focus on a neutral palette with high quality modern finishes provides the perfect canvas for future residents to imprint their personal style.
The rooftop and external faces of a building will experience the most weathering from natural elements, and thus a suitable design must balance aesthetics with functional durability. The extensive use of Celestial wall cladding is critical in maintaining this balance.
Masterfully assembled, this façade evokes a sense of strength and permanence that other materials can only aspire to. The salt attack resistant properties of Elamite limestone make it an ideal material for high saline coastal environments and generally harsher conditions. This balance of aesthetic and function is an invaluable component in creating SOUL’s luxury private rooftop pool and garden.
As part of the team involved in the development of Soul, we are proud of our contribution to the project. We're proud that our natural stone is incorporated throughout the development and hope our involvement helped make Soul an exceptional place to call home.