De Novo

This medium-density residential project in Melbourne’s inner north comprises 43 apartments in one-, two- and three-bedroom configurations, along with two retail tenancies at street level.

The neighbourhood’s rich manufacturing history and mid-century design cues informed the project’s aesthetic. Horizontal streel-framed windows, metalwork balustrades and brickwork were inspired by art deco forms in the surrounding area. On the facade, an elegant artwork in perforated metal traces the wending form of the Merri Creek, patterned with abstract references to the area’s textile producers.

In contrast to many over-scaled apartment projects, this development was committed to retaining a residential scale, in recognition of its low-scale neighbours. The building steps back from the site’s perimeter, creating a terraced form that will eventually host hanging gardens and planter boxes.

With vehicle access via the rear laneway, the street-facing frontage welcomes pedestrian access. The apartments themselves are structured for maximum amenity. Floorplans were driven by a pragmatic approach, ensuring every apartment enjoys liveable spaces, cross ventilation and carefully scaled outdoor spaces, whether balcony or courtyard. The north-facing apartments enjoy abundant natural light, while the south-facing apartments capture uninterrupted views of the city skyline.

24 one bedroom apartments, 20 two bedroom apartments and 2 retail.

Construction value $10M