Melbourne Developer Launches Sustainable Apartments in Brunswick

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Melbourne-based boutique developer Antipodean Land have launched a sustainable medium-density project in Brunswick, after winning approval earlier this year.

Designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects, the 7-storey multi-residential development, Balfe Park Lane, comprises 77 dwellings and sits on a site with a 66-metre park frontage.

Antipodean acquired the battle-axe block – located at 77-83 Nicholson Street, Brunswick – in 2016 for $7 million, amalgamating three titles to create a 2250sq m site.

The development mix comprises nine townhouses and a collection of two, three and four bedroom apartments spread across the seven levels.

Antipodean are proposing to utilise the ground level for retail and hospitality, along with a public laneway linking directly through to Balfe Park.

Through the inclusion of the public laneway, Antipodean Land says it hopes to make an enduring local impact and contribute meaningfully to the already strong sense of community in the area.

Other amenity within the development includes a communal courtyard and rooftop garden.

The developments sustainable features include a solar PV system for power generation, rainwater harvesting, rooftop composting, vegetable gardens, electric vehicle charging stations and bicycle amenities.

According to architect Kerstin Thompson, Balfe Park was designed as an ensemble of buildings of varying shape and orientation rather than a large, singular building.

Thompson explains that by doing this they hope to achieve a stronger sense of neighbourhood and an individual address within a broader social context.

“Four individual structures also means we have more opportunities to give each dwelling the benefit of windows that welcome in light, ventilation and views,” Thompson said.

“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.”

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