It reads as a giant slab to me, much as I like the colours and use of pre-cast. An updated version of 70s apartment blocks.
Oh I'm sure the units of today will be a lot smaller to match modern unit sizes - but a narrower slab building is inevitably going to create more natural light in units whether they are 500sf or 1,000sf. Those units will be square instead of rectangular sticking deep into the floorplate.It's a funny question - I've always thought the same but recently changed my tune (somewhat). The larger, wide-shallow units of mid-century buildings reflect not only the physical built form of the buildings but also different economic & construction realities. This isn't to say that developers were entirely altruistic, but merely that because high-rise living was new (both in lifestyle and typology), units had to be larger and better laid out to appeal and rent.
I really don't have any doubt that given a building of exactly the same dimensions as a mid-century slab, instead of getting, say, 12 units per floor with rectangular, wide-shallow layouts, we'd now be getting closer to 24 units, all in half-size squares.
Building reduced in height to 17 storeys; number of units down to 307 from 333.
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