We often hear the expression “less is more”. To me this has a very profound and personal meaning, so much in fact that it is evident throughout the ‘One of a Kind’ complex design and approach to business.Read More
Paris is the musical home to the avant-garde of Sate, the bohemian of Piaf and the gypsy-jazz of Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, however, we admire Paris for it’s cool sophistication epitomized by it’s haute-cuisine and haute-couture. We are inspired by the meticulous preparation and presentation of the craftspeople and their time-consuming hand-execution. At One of a Kind Apartments, you will find this same attention to detail and presentation that will ensure your stay is a very special experience.Read More
We can not consider contemporary global culture without acknowledging the profound legacy of Meso-America. These civilisations bequeathed us pyramids as great as those of Ancient Egypt, unrivalled stonework, metalwork that dazzled the Conquistadores and an agriculture that has provided our staples. So it is no surprise that One of a Kind Apartments when celebrating our world’s creative centres acknowledges Mexico City’s place on the list.Read More
Kyoto is the capital of ‘bespoke’. We love visiting, not only because of our long affiliation with Japan, but also because it is easy to get lost in its many alleys and find a business or craft still practised the same as the 1600’s.Read More
Yogyakarta holds a special place in the memory for many of us on the Hippie Trail through Asia in the Sixties and early Seventies. Jogya, as we called it, was a languid centre of artists, artisans, musicians and dancers.Read More
It is not possible to celebrate global innovation, art and culture without acknowledging Shanghai’s place in this elite list. It was a bustling international financial and trading centre that went into a thirty-year hibernation during the time of Mao only to emerge full of cutting edge bustle, creativity and development as though the Cultural Revolution never happened.Read More
I travelled extensively in my youth, over forty years ago. My destinations were creative centres and communities where craft was still very much part of daily life. Places where stone and timber were still carved, textiles hand woven, houses adorned and public spaces decorated. These were communities where everyone was an artist or artisan.Read More
G’day. Stuart here again. One of a Kind Apartments Canberra, at 43 Stockdale Street, are a collaboration of many people – many who unwittingly contributed without even realizing it. As a team, our challenge was to create living-spaces (apartments and terraces) in Canberra, that are not only spacious, amenable and environmentally friendly but also visually appealing and conceptually exciting.
This has resulted in apartments built to the highest standard of energy efficiency, incorporating a wide range of recycled and repurposed materials, and looking as though they belonged in the neighourhood and, in fact, have always been here.
We have drawn widely on the creative and innovative culture of Canberra. The building therefore expresses a character that is not contrived or imported but is a natural outcome of the skills, materials and environment that is Canberra. We have watched closely the developments of New Acton and have been emboldened by their courage to be different. We asked ourselves “how can ordinary artists and builders show similar vision without access to the vast resources of the Molongolo Group”?
Our apartments are the response to this question. I don’t know whether it will influence architects, builders and developers but I believe it will make a significant contribution to this burgeoning creative and innovative culture in Canberra.