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Photography Simon Whitebread

Coastal Living Redefined by EMK Architects

Imagine waking up to the lull of lapping waves, the salty spray, a gentle kiss on your face. This isn’t a five-star resort brochure; it’s the everyday reality for residents living in the dwellings of EMK Architects.

EMK Architects isn’t your typical firm. Founded by Emil Kucevic, a man with an unyielding passion for design, they believe in creating homes that transcend function. “It wasn’t easy in the beginning,” Kucevic admits, “but passion has always been our compass.”

Our young team is brimming with ideas,” Kucevic says. “There’s a constant exchange of energy, a vibrant brainstorming session before we even approach the client. We design what ignites us, spaces that resonate with our own hearts.

Their latest project, Solstice, embodies this philosophy. Picture 15 apartments, each with an uninterrupted vista of the endless blue horizon. “It’s our magnum opus so far,” says Kucevic.

More than just a beautiful facade, Solstice is a triumph of thoughtful design. The five-story structure arose from a clever solution—combining three plots to create space for Solstice.

“This presented a wider canvas, allowing us to ensure every apartment captures a slice of the breathtaking ocean view, with round curves and organic forms being a focal point.

The design challenges didn’t stop there. Bordered by a public car park and a service road, the building had to cater to three distinct environments. “It was a stimulating puzzle,” Kucevic enthuses. “We had to create a cohesive whole, a design that flowed seamlessly and respected each aspect.”

EMK Architects thrives on collaboration. “We view ourselves as design partners, not just architects,” Kucevic emphasises. “We listen intently to our clients, delving into their dreams and translating them into stunning realities.”

This collaborative spirit permeates their internal process as well. “Our young team is brimming with ideas,” Kucevic says. “There’s a constant exchange of energy, a vibrant brainstorming session before we even approach the client. We design what ignites us, spaces that resonate with our own hearts.”

The result? Homes that are not just functional but infused with personality reflect the EMK design ethos, with the client’s brief at the core. “Our homes are more than just places to live; they’re escapes from the daily grind,” he explains, reflecting on his own joy of coming home to his family. If we can recreate that sense of belonging in a new home, that’s a truly special achievement.”

EMK Architects aspires to create “resort-inspired living,” havens of relaxation bathed in natural light, with curved edges preferred over sharp lines. No project exemplifies this more than La Grande Duplex Burraneer, which has been shortlisted for the prestigious UDIA and Urban Developer Awards.

“This project explores biophilia through design and is an example of luxury duplex living where each residence carries the amenities of a free-standing home through the courtyards, large voids, and helical staircase,” says Kucevic.

“Imagine stepping onto your balcony and being greeted by a lush courtyard or a glistening pool,” Kucevic muses. “These are elements we discuss with our clients from the very beginning and are a key design principle we embody with all our projects.”

With a wave of innovation about to make a splash, EMK Architects is a young firm poised to take the architectural scene by storm. Their focus on collaboration, crafting oceanfront sanctuaries, and a design philosophy that bends to the client’s needs positions them as a force to be reckoned with.

As Kucevic himself says, “We’re constantly crafting our projects to continually improve them at the design phases.” And with projects like Solstice gracing the coastline, EMK Architects is undoubtedly a rising star in the East Coast’s architectural firmaments.

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