The Design – Art in Motion
Architect Koichi Takada said Artis was at the gateway to the Melbourne Arts Precinct, so the design naturally celebrates the city’s vibrant arts scene and sense of community.
“When we started designing, we wanted to think about the connection between art and form – in other words art and architecture,” he said. “And of course, art and architecture are contrary – one has no defined function, the other has a function and are static.
“So, we came up with this concept of art in motion. And motion is not something we usually associate with architecture. Therefore, it created a sense of tension between art and architecture – a contrast that we hope to humanise the high-rise building in an urban context.
”Mr Takada said he was inspired by images in the arts to come up with the design, which has two striking curved white towers encircled by sinuous white “ribbons”. “The design was inspired by the tempo of music, adagio and legato, creating movement and fluidity throughout the spaces that is smooth and connected.
” The lower height and the community art space would also help humanise the buildings by giving back to the community. It is designed to be a platform for emerging artists.”
“In terms of urban developments, there are a lot of spaces within this one where you can find a sense of escape,” he said. “This is something Crown Group does really well, with resort-style living and common amenities such as rooftop garden terraces, a residents’ room, a children’s playroom and gym. In that sense it is very much a Crown Group signature building.”