kavellaris urban design: jewell
kavellaris urban design: jewell kavellaris urban design: jewell
may 14, 2011

kavellaris urban design: jewell

‘jewell’ by kavellaris urban design, brunswick, victoria, australia images courtesy of kavellaris urban design

victoria-based practice kavellaris urban design has completed ‘jewell’, an multi-unit residence in brunswick, australia. surrounded by an urban landscape of parking lots, railway tracks and main roadways, the building aims to be highly visible and relevant in its context.

a rhythmic formation of stacked volumes compose the overall structure, resulting in a sculptural building that evokes a strong sense of movement. an asymmetrical composition of slipping corners wrap around the northern and southern edges of the building in hopes of merging the residence with the converging facades. as it is experienced from various vantage points, the building takes on different readings that constantly alters the perception of size and space.

contrasting surfaces

a reflective metallic surface clads the majority of the structure and reinforces the sense of movement as light and shadow transform the textural qualities. contrasted by wood and painted metal panels, the facade aims to establish a striking relationship between urban and organic materials, and the surrounding built environment.

view from parking lot

stacked offset volumes compose the overall form

the building takes on different readings when viewed from different vantage points

front entrance

timber and metal surfaces wrap around the structure and highlight the sculptural form

(left) courtyard (bad) detail of footbridges leading to personal doorways

typical apartment

kitchen, living and dining room of typical apartment



view of the overall structure from over the railways

aerial view

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level 2


  • terrible, tacky, completely pointless, horrible detailing… but the location is a nightmare too, so it doesn’t even matter… it’s just a shame for the waste of material

    niels says:
  • it’s awesome..love it
    [url=http://vortuno.com/] vortuno [/url]

    vortuno says:
  • i agree with niels…

    bobbo says:
  • I ride past this building every day, the photos make it look a LOT better than it really is. The detailing is terrible, materials tacky, and while the eastern facade is quite considered, the western facade is horrible!

    R Hills says:
  • Que porqueria, no lo puedo creer. Esta demas hablar del formalismo sin contenido, y son muy sugerentes esas fontos tan buenas de la planta baja hacia la calle llena de cocheras. Hermoso!

    jp argentina says:
  • Independiente de lo formal que puede ser válido o no, lo cuestionable es el emplazamiento, se entiende que enfrenta una línea de ferrocarril, que pasa con el ruido constante?? según el programa arquitectónico hay en pisos superiores dormitorios que estan orientados hacia el ruido. Creo que ese es el real problema del proyecto!!! espero que ya no pasen trenes por ahí….

    sandokan says:
  • this remind me of the time I put an aluminum sheet in a shredder…

    Norov says:

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