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The Block Gatwick – New York Loft Style Windows and Doors

After years of neglect, a dilapidated, former hotel in the heart of downtown St Kilda has been given a new lease on life for the lastest series of The Block. Originally built in the 1930s, The Gatwick has been transformed from a run-down hotel to a luxurious apartment-building that wouldn’t be out of place in New York City, whilst giving a nod to the original heritage features and the diverse-inner city suburb in which it is situated.

“The Gatwick hotel was a beautiful and unique building with great bones,” said The Block architect Julian Brenchley. “We had the opportunity of a lifetime to transform the interior of the building, while maintaining the integrity of the original façade.”

Retaining the original façade of the Gatwick was a huge part of the design brief and careful selection of the windows was essential. “Heritage buildings come in all sorts of sizes, complexities and disrepair. We were lucky enough to be able to take cues from the existing heritage features to generate a cohesive design response,” said Mr Brenchley.

“The Gatwick’s original windows needed to be upgraded with the aim to reproduce the 1930s art deco heritage profiles and appearance. To do so, we specified a total of ninety Stegbar timber double hung window replacements, featuring throughout floors one to three, and the end result is spectacular.”

Stegbar timber double hung windows offer a timeless design that is functional and visually appealing and marry both the traditional and contemporary looks of the building. The windows also included louvre inserts that provide ultimate ventilation control, allowing the new homeowners to direct air through the top, bottom or both sashes together.

When it came to the top-floor penthouse apartments, the design approach was somewhat more contemporary. “We took inspiration from New York City lofts and Parisian penthouses,” explained Mr Brenchley.

New York-style apartments are becoming increasingly popular in Australia as cities get bigger and more congested, many who work in the city would also like it to be easier to commute to and from work. Luxury residential buildings are being built next to the CBD, which come fully equipped with facilities including gyms, swimming pools and even cafes.

The Block apartments encompass this New York-style design with open-plan interiors, sweeping city views, high ceilings and a stylish industrial atmosphere.

To further enhance the monochromatic Manhattan vibe and bring an ultra-modern aesthetic to the 1930’s residence, Mr Brenchley specified floor-to-ceiling Stegbar Alumiere windows and doors. Alumiere offers black bold framing and large spans of glass to create uninterrupted views – all which complement modern architectural designs.

“To seamlessly connect the apartment to large private terraces, we incorporated an array of Alumiere configurations throughout, including awning windows and stacking, sliding and hinged doors. This allowed us to showcase versatility of the openings and offer the best of indoor-outdoor living,” concluded Mr Brenchley.

Overall, this season of The Block has created luxuriously renovated apartments that seamlessly transition between the Gatwick’s the heritage features and contemporary architecture.

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