Given the residential context of these developments, DMA has adopted a more subtle approach than there would be in the vibrant public areas of a hotel scheme, creating a more subdued scheme that allows residents to relax. Whilst both Millet Place and Solstice Apartments showcase interior design flourishes, such as designer furniture and bespoke joinery, a ‘less fussy’ selection of FF&E has been specified – more in line with private residential design – in order to create a space with longevity. These amenity spaces reflect DMA’s design philosophy, taking inspiration from individual neighbourhood stories to ensure each property is authentic, timeless and unique.
Residents have chosen these central locations over the suburbs for a reason – not least to provide a space for community and chance meetings – and this desire to promote natural interactions between people is an important driver in DMA’s designs.
‘Research shows that residents are far more likely to stay for longer if they know who their neighbours are,’ explains Rachael Reid, Interior Designer at DMA. ‘This sort of interaction can’t be forced. It requires a subtle approach embedded across the public spaces – this even extends to the mail rooms, where we have created freestanding areas encouraging residents to linger while they collect and open their post.
‘Having said this, it is also important that people retain their privacy if they don’t want interaction,’ Rachel adds. ‘It is their home after all. The reception/concierge desk is a functional space rather than a social hangout, allowing residents to go directly to their apartment if they prefer not to socialise!’