1. Project Overview
This project is a great example for one of our more commercial projects. As a higher density inner-urban infill development, it adds substantial value to the land.
Designing 12 luxurious town houses, we set out to prove that a backyard development can be both exciting and of substantial revenue and size at the same time : A sustainable community that offers the residents convenience, lifestyle and spectacular city views. Within walking distance of the CBD, each house has ample of space, individual backyards and additional access to communal gardens. Special features like grand roof terraces, private water garden balconies from the master suite, exclusive interiors, theatre rooms, glass lifts, individual car parking with direct house access, and many more, make it a very unique development. A gem in the city that offers a lifestyle of luxury…
Have you got an under-utilized backyard yourself, or are you thinking of developing a site? Then you should talk to us about a Feasibility Study – you might have struck gold already!
Finalist in the Melbourne Design Awards 2012 (Best Residential Proposed) !
3. Clientʼs comments
“Our experience with the team at MDS up to now has been fantastic! They are very enthusiastic, responsive and most importantly open to suggestions. The team at MDS managed to come up with unique designs for our development project and have handled the feasibility, design, and town planning with high professionalism. We would definitely recommend them to anyone who is looking for architect related services as we would definitely work with them in the future.”
4. Project Brief
Set in a classic residential area with Heritage Overlay, the site comprises an existing dilapidated dwelling with a large backyard. The total land size is approx 1600sqm. The brief was to develop the land into a sustainable multi-dwelling subdivision, accesses directly off the rear lane.
5. Project Innovation, or ʻthe buzz we like to createʼ
The core of the development is a green urban courtyard with style, that provides entrances to the individual townhouses. Cars enter straight into a basement from the other side, so the entrance courtyard becomes completely car-free, enhancing its sustainable character. Details like the translucent privacy screen sliders to the courtyard-facing balconies add a feel of handcrafted specialty to the development. A number of ʻart structuresʼ within the green lungs give a touch of exclusivity, almost like an outdoor art gallery. (As an aside, they also have the very mundane function of concealing the rubbish bins!).
6. Design Response
We investigated various options for the site (Feasibility Studies), the outcome being this unique city-living concept, aimed at a high-end market. Careful consideration had to be given to the height development over the site. Not visible from the heritage dwelling at the front, the individual houses rise from 2 to 4 stories over a basement/plinth level.
Why making a multi-res development sustainable, you might ask ? Sustainability benefits everyone, of course. Interestingly though, it also benefits the developer directly : Sustainability is something that, while becoming more and more marketable, still makes a great point of difference in the current competitive market. As with most our projects, all aspects of sustainable design, including environmental, social and economic sustainability have been incorporated into the architecture.
8. Year – Type – Size
2011/2012 – Multi-Residential / Subdivision / Commercial Development – Total area ~3650 sqm.
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