Development offers a ‘big backyard’ lifestyle in the heart of Melbourne

22 October 2018

Balfe Park Lane, a brand new sustainable multi-residential development in Brunswick East, is set to offer future residents a chance at an elusive ‘big backyard’ lifestyle in the heart of the city.

The development offers medium-density living across four interconnected buildings between Nicholson Street and Balfe Park. The development will feature an internal laneway linking Nicholson Street to the park, which was previously only accessible from the rear streets of Brunswick.

The developer, Antipodean Land Developments, hopes that the development’s thoughtful design – by award-winning practice Kerstin Thompson Architects – will make an enduring local impact, contributing meaning and a stronger sense of place to the local community.

“It’s a rare opportunity to enjoy a lifestyle that combines the best of inner-city living with all the benefits of a large garden at your front door,” explained managing agent, Dominic Ziino, of Castran.

“Brunswick East is calling out for a new and innovative approach to multi-residential living that cleverly integrates our need for greenery within an inner-city locale. The amenities on offer at this development are unparalleled in the neighbourhood,” he said.

At ground level, Balfe Park Lane will include a selection of commercial offerings that respond to the neighbourhood’s well-known retail and hospitality scene and a communal noticeboard will provide a platform for announcements.

Sustainability is also an important part of Balfe Park Lane’s proposition, with the development including a solar PV system for power generation, rainwater harvesting, rooftop composting, vegetable gardens, electric vehicle charging stations and ample bicycle amenities. Features such as shade screens, operable windows and ceiling fans create sustainable methods of controlling the internal environment.

For the Architect, Kerstin Thompson, the development highlights how multi-residential design should consider the requirements of residents as well as the surrounding neighbourhood to create buildings with lasting appeal.

“The design of Balfe Park Lane as an ensemble of buildings of varying shape and orientation rather than a large, single building means that there is a stronger sense of neighbourhood and an individual address within a broader social context,” explains Thompson.

“Four individual structures also means we have more opportunities to give each dwelling the benefit of windows that welcome in light, ventilation and views. In a market that often values lavish fixtures and fittings, we believe real luxury lies in creating a beautiful framework – providing ‘good bones’ – that will endure and give lasting pleasure to occupants,” she shared

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