Apollo Kitchens’ Peter Bader says one of the highlights of working on the project was having the opportunity to work on interiors that were designed by Koichi Takada Architects and with the DASCO construction team.
“It is a well thought-out design,” Peter explains. “For example the vanities, made specifically to meet the design concepts of storage abundance and compact space dynamics. “East Village featured a more traditional, timber grained non-gloss product in its kitchens and bathrooms, including fully integrated fridges within the kitchens,” he said. “The mirrored wall cabinet doors also have sandblast etching to reduce fingerprints.” According to Peter, one of the challenges when working on the East Village development was the fact the residential apartments were located on top of the shopping centre.
“The apartments started on Level 5 upwards, so logistics-wise the challenge was getting the product up onto this level,” Peter said. An additional challenge was that the construction took place across four buildings at one time, rather than the conventional one tower at a time. This meant 50-plus kitchens were required to be completed per level at a time, which required resources to be stretched across a horizontally-demanding supply with different supervisors on each building. “We produce over 100 kitchens per week and are very fortunate in our business to have other duplicated process facilities, including in Newcastle and Sydney,” Peter explains. “To meet the short program, we used the help of our new Newcastle facility to produce components and increase our Sydney facility’s capacity to deal with bottlenecks, so we had the ability to meet the program.” Founded by Peter’s father, Apollo Kitchens has been in operation since 1968. This family-owned and operated company started locally in Sydney and has expanded to become one of Australia’s leading kitchen design and manufacture businesses. Today, Apollo Kitchens has multiple inspirational showrooms in Waterloo, Smithfield and Newcastle.