"Although the area sits in the ‘art zone’, with artists and students, it was important to see well into the future to ensure that the styles, colours and textures, remained ‘timeless’ and represent harmony with the immediate environment and what the future held for the area. The interior design became an integral part to represent all the intentions for this development to be young, vibrant, yet with enough elements to stand the test of time."

Ross Santa Maria

"With the acknowledgment of art to the facade of the building, the entry was intentionally 'minimal' but kept inviting by use of full clear glazing. Warm timber panelling upon entry signified a home quality. The importance to link the immediate exterior with the interior was also intentional as it was important for dwellers to understand that the abode did not stop with their walls but encompassed the inner city surrounds of retail, street activity, parks and the close proximity to public bars, clubs and restaurants.

As the architecture was light and bright, it allowed us to play with accent wall colours in strategic areas, hence adding mood and sophistication without plain muted colours throughout.

All three schemes were neutral enough to allow dwellers to introduce their own vibrant colours for individuality and personality. Permanent fixtures, such as tiles and glass splash back colours were also kept neutral allowing individuals to change colour schemes in years to come, without having to replace hard surfaces. Laminate sections, gave contrast with the use of 'Wenge' dark timbers, to contrast with "ceasarstone off white" surfaces. This also allowed brushed aluminium handles to contrast against the dark grains.

Plumbing and hardware selections were 'clean' in style, simplistic but stylish. The use of functional surfaces was also important in our selections for longevity and resilience. Lighting selection was kept minimal once again, to allow a 'non dominance' in style for individual needs."

Ross Santa Maria - Architect(Interior Design)

Design in Excellence Award (FIA) - CSIRO
Furniture Design - Interiors Group (Awarded to Ross Santa Maria)

Building Excellence Award (HIA) - Aurora Apartments, East Perth
(Awarded to Builder with Ross Santa Maria's design)

Building Excellence Award (HIA) - Manhattan Apartments, East Perth
(Awarded to Builder with Ross Santa Maria's design)