BY DANNY HAHESY
Congratulations to Antipodean Land Developments and Kerstin Thompson Architects for this exceptionally designed six-storey mixed-use development, which was recently issued a planning permit directly by Moreland City Council in Victoria.
The project involves amalgamation and redevelopment of former industrial sites fronting both Nicholson Street and Balfe Park Reserve in the City of Moreland. The development provides a benchmark for sustainable community living, using best practice apartment design for high-quality internal amenity, housing diversity and sustainable building design with a strong sense of community for the benefit of residents. Those benefits are also extended beyond the site to enhance and engage with Nicholson Street and Balfe Park, including activated commercial frontages, a publicly accessible pedestrian laneway connecting the park through the site to the street and a landscaped courtyard as the centre piece of the development.
The building is specifically designed in accordance with the Moreland Apartment Design Code (MADC), ahead of the more recent introduction of the Better Apartment Design Standards (BADS). The design provides dual aspect apartments around a central landscaped courtyard to promote natural cross-ventilation, daylight and outlook so that all apartments have an outlook to either the street, the park or the courtyard. This is supplemented by a roof-top communal garden with expansive views across the neighbourhood and to the Melbourne CBD. The Green Travel Plan for the development continues the sustainable approach beyond the site, with the promotion of public transport and bicycle use and reduction in on-site car parking.
Key to the success of the permit was a collaborative approach between the project team and the Council.