The St. Joseph project is a luxury residential development situated in Abbottsford, Victoria. Due to its historical significance the site has become part of the cultural landscape within the area, demanding a highly responsive and respectful design outcome.

St Joseph Residential Development / KUD
© Peter Clarke

St Joseph Residential Development / KUD
© Peter Clarke

The primary objective was to incorporate the critical components of school’s culture and history as a celebration and balance of the past and the future – creating ‘future heritage’ for the next generation. KUD was interested in exploring ways to interpret and represent the critical ‘story’ that created the culture and history of St Joseph’s Technical School.

St Joseph Residential Development / KUD
© Peter Clarke

The design intent was to recreate multiple simultaneous layers of history within the articulated screens that wrap around the street frontage facades. The faceted panels create a “Lenticular Image”; an optical phenomenon whereby singular segments of an image converge at specific points of view to recreate the completed image.

St Joseph Residential Development / KUD
© Peter Clarke

Project Details:

Location: Abbottsford, Australia
Site Area: 4,825 sqm
Architects: KUD
Photographs: Peter Clarke