KIOME’s biophilic design approach is a significant departure from traditional multi-residential living. Too often multi-residential design places focus on ‘luxury’ and falls short in providing an authentic offering for ‘quality of life.’ First referenced in 1973 by Erich Fromm, the positive effects of biophilia or connecting with nature was further hypothesised in 1993 by Edward O Wilson, who published that humanity has a primal need to connect with ‘life’ in all its forms. As humans, we are deeply connected to our natural environment. For KIOME, Biophilia sits at its core; where people’s physical and mental wellbeing is inherently linked to the permeating and proven benefits of our natural surroundings. Known to reduce stress, enhance creativity and improve health, biophilic design is increasingly becoming recognised as a remedy to the tension and relentlessness of our fast-urbanising world. Research from around the world has shown that being connected to nature can:
3.Improve sleep quality
4.Improve cognitive performance
KIOME’s expansive river views, leafy outlooks and connection to the open sky respond to our inborn affiliation with nature. Every space throughout each residence has intricately considered our connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces to improve views and outlooks, while also preserving privacy and comfortable ambient temperatures.
KIOME has been created with a special connection to water, sitting directly on the banks of the Brisbane River. With expansive river views, each KIOME residence benefits from the simple presence that water creates; a relaxing outlook and rhythmic environment that enables us to rest and change gear into a calmer, gentler state of mind.
To lift and enliven every home, KIOME makes special use of light to optimise each living environment and enhance comfort, wellbeing and ambience. From internal courtyards, high ceilings, voids and skylights to shading, screening and high-performance glazing, each home offers a carefully considered light design specific to its layout and the functionality of each space.
Abundant fresh air flows through KIOME, where each apartment features healthier and more liveable spaces through enhanced cross ventilation design including operable spaces, internal courtyards, multiple balconies and strategic placement of doors, windows and louvres throughout. Air quality has also been thoughtfully considered through the use of low and no-volatile organic compound (VOC) products, providing cleaner and healthier air to the interiors.
KIOME residences are intricately designed to optimise comfort and liveability with consistent heating and cooling within each living environment. Wall placements, insulation, shading, thermal glazing, and the design of both the natural and mechanical ventilation systems have each been considered in detail to create comfortable internal spaces and minimise energy costs.
The vision for KIOME was to create a living form—to design a building and interiors that were always connected with nature. Every space within each residence has been crafted to engage with the natural environment and enhance mental wellbeing; from the moment you arrive at KIOME with the feature tree in the building’s open-to-air central atrium, to having bathrooms and outdoor baths immersed within the landscaping, internal courtyards with private gardens, and every bedroom looking out to greenery and open sky.
These residences take into account their natural environment and are designed to make a meaningful connection with their surroundings. KIOME is a sensory-rich home designed to embrace nature’s beauty, whilst considering lower maintenance, durability, comfort and sustainability. The residences include a selection of natural materials such as stone and timber, as well as those that reflect natural forms and materials, colours and textures.
Forms & Patterns
Our attraction to symmetry and gentle curves reminds us of living, organic forms and has been used throughout the design of KIOME. It evokes a sense of familiarity, calmness and relaxation. From curved architectural blades, circular plunge pools and curvilinear atriums, through to the softening of internal walls, use of natural materials and sculpted kitchen island, KIOME embraces our innate connection to nature.
“The passionate love of life and of all that is alive.”
Integrated, natural elements feature throughout every residence.
KIOME blurs the line between external and internal spaces.
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