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A Holistic eco-urban commercial design that fosters culture, community and collaboration.The exciting new nine-storey Craftworks project, promises to create its own “creative ecosystem” in which commercial tenants and the community come together to share ideas, communal spaces and a holistic philosophy that fosters true community, culture, wellbeing and sustainability.
Located in post-industrial Abbotsford at the doorstep of the Melbourne CBD, Craftworks is a new kind of office building designed for innovative businesses who understand that culture, amenity, convenience and lifestyle are becoming increasingly strong drawcards for attracting the best staff.
Containing almost 10,000 square metres of office spaces, an exhibition space, 110-seat theatre, creative hub, a ground level café, wellness centre, abundant use of glass on all four sides to allow in maximum daylight, as well as a leafy indoor/outdoor rooftop terrace bar and lounge, CHT Architects Founder and Director, David Carabott, said Craftworks is an office building that has been designed to “maximise human potential.
We have given strong consideration to place-making, community connection and a permaculture philosophy, not only to the urban garden but also the structure and management of Craftworks, with excess food and space being shared with the community.”
The art of simplicity is one that has been mastered within the finely curated interiors of the 20 Fellowship residences. Defined by a sense of natural beauty, the finishes palette comprises texturally rich yet pared-back timeless materials including warm timber joinery, natural stone surfaces, herringbone timber floors, stone freestanding baths, glass brick and fluted stone details. The result is a refined yet neutral canvas that residents will be able to colour effortlessly with their own treasured pieces.
Vast and generously proportioned with large floor plans, each home is afforded with expansive windows that allow natural light to filtrate through abundantly whilst providing a tranquil green vista with seamless connection to outdoor terraces and courtyards.
Fostering genuine convenience and daily delight, Fellowship has been appointed with a series of thoughtful, enriching features. Integrated bars and wine fridges, fireplaces, custom wardrobe joinery with a built-in vanity, a key drop at the entrance and plentiful storage throughout are just some of the details designed to cultivate an unrivalled living experience.
Designed by CHT Architects, the recently completed St James Park boutique apartment project in Hawthorn, employs thoughtful, integrated design to maximise the site’s stunning park-front location.
Located at 1A Yarra Street, Hawthorn – just five kilometres from the Melbourne CBD – each of the 19 residences in the five-level development was individually designed to provide uninterrupted views of the site’s adjacent and leafy St James Park. More…
A holistic, team approach to the project, made possible through the in-house collaboration of CHT Architects and the Sora interior design team, has created a seamless integration between the building and the park’s winding paths, lush greenery and heritage features.
Taking cues from the most successful international architectural and design movements of the last century, the St James Park Residences exude a contemporary, yet timeless, minimalist architectural design employing crisp lines and authentic, bespoke detailing of sand-blasted concrete, glass and steel.
Mark Spraggon, a Director of CHT Architects who worked closely on the development, said the luxurious feel of the building begins with the “commanding presence” of the façade.
“The building presents an opulent first impression, positioned seamlessly within its surrounding context,” Mark said.
Chivonne Hollis from Sora said the high-end design of the exterior sets the tone for an abundance of spacious elegance within.
“The luxurious and generously proportioned arrival foyer has been designed to impress, with premium quality finishes and a sense of vast open space,” Chivonne said.
“Adjacent to the foyer is a private lounge for residents to entertain guests, a space that combines the intimacy of a private retreat with the versatility of a large entertaining area. Residents will also be surrounded by lush garden terraces, and some will enjoy exclusive access to an abundant rooftop oasis.”
Those buyers who purchased apartments off the plan were invited to collaborate with CHT Architects and Sora to customise their apartment to meet their specific tastes and lifestyle requirements, drawing on a variety of zoned living spaces and an elegant palette of natural materials and superior finishes, as well as premium fixtures and appliances.
Rick Curtis, Managing Director of the developer, Bensons Property Group, said that partnering with CHT Architects and Sora enabled strong collaboration that ensured the apartment development was specifically designed to meet the discerning standards and lifestyle requirements of buyers in the high-end Hawthorn apartment market.
“The CHT design was considerate to the location, creating understated, elegant residences that were perfectly suited to the buyers, most of whom came from the local area, were moving from large homes on big blocks, had never lived in an apartment or bought off-the-plan, and had a strong connection to Hawthorn – a precinct with a rich history of architectural opulence,” Rick Curtis said.
“These buyers wanted a sense of spaciousness, a feeling of luxury and a connection to the external environment, and that is exactly what the CHT Architects and Sora teams have created at the St James Park Residences.”
Photography – Oliver Lagasca Photography @olp_otography
CHT Architects Group Founder and Director, David Carabott, believes the success of Build to Rent (BTR) development in Australia will be driven by flexible designs that take into account the holistic long-term needs of residential communities.
Speaking recently as part of a National Architects Panel at the Build to Rent Australia Conference, David said that designing successful Build to Rent developments will require architects to go beyond a moment in time.
“The briefs we are seeing for Build to Sell (BTS) apartments are really designed for a moment in time – at the selling point – and don’t necessarily place a high priority on elements such as energy efficiency, ongoing maintenance costs and flexible, long-term community amenity,” David told the Conference.
“By contrast, BTR developments – where the developer maintains long-term ownership of the entire asset – ongoing maintenance and running costs are critical, as is the need to account for the future needs of the rental customers. With BTR, you’re designing for the long-term, so you need a flexible design that’s easily adaptable, dynamic and allows for change. That’s because residents can choose to leave if they’re not happy with the built environment. It’s a lot easier for someone to leave a rental apartment than something they are committed to with a mortgage on.”
David explained that the BTR model is “all about community”, and this is an opportunity for architects to design a “strong, lasting community” rather than a place where many individuals share a space. He said BTR architects and developers should approach future flexibility in a way more akin to a “long-term hotel experience”.
“We’re seeing a lot of synergies between the hotel work we’re currently working on and the BTR work,” David said. “Hotels are very good at revamping their communal facilities and doing regular upgrades – I think the same thing will happen in the BTR model, to maintain product brands and respond to changing customer tastes and requirements over time. This means building-in flexible, modular design elements (such as the ability to expand or retract room accommodation capacity as required) that enable future changes to be made more easily and cost-effectively.”
The BTR Australia Conference panel discussed how Australia is currently experiencing a perfect storm for BTR developments, due to a market climate in which individual apartment sales are down, rental demand is up, and tenants are seeking more value, options and convenience in terms of communal amenities.
The CHT Architects design for The Orchards – a residential retirement community that incorporates an on-site aged care facility – reflects a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety by offering a ‘whole of ageing’ option for older Australians.
By incorporating a residential aged care facility into modern retirement community, the Templestowe development preempted the Royal Commission’s call for a major reengineering of accommodation and care for older people, to concentrate on the last 10 to 15 years of life.
“With the majority of Australian retirement villages being 25 years old or more, we designed The Orchards to match the evolving needs and wants of modern retirement village residents, which includes the desire to stay in the same location/community as they age, rather than move away to receive specialist aged care.
“At The Orchards, we set out to create a modern community that offers residents excellent value, an array of living and recreational options, affordable domestic and hospitality services that are more akin to a luxury hotel, as well as the opportunity to remain in the community as their care needs change over time.”
Created in close collaboration with the owner managers Baptcare, The Orchards is still being developed as part of a dynamic three-stage masterplan, the content of which is constantly reviewed and revised based on feedback from residents, sales agents, the operators and other experts, to ensure maximum integration of all the project’s elements.
The Orchards masterplan comprises:
• Residential Aged Care Facility
– complete & occupied
• Shared spaces and facilities, including café, providore, lounge and bar, outdoor dining area, indoor swimming pool, gym, healthcare rooms, vertical gardens – complete
• 33 luxuriously appointed, modern one, two and three-bedroom retirement apartments – complete & occupied
• 52 Retirement Villa Units – currently under construction with more than a third already sold.
Meeting the brief
Owned and managed by non-for-profit organisation Baptcare, The Orchards offers residents a range of specialised care and support services designed to help residents remain living independently for as long as possible.
Phong Hoang, Assistant Development Manager of Property at Baptcare, said the CHT Architects and Sora Interiors met the brief of creating a modern retirement development that aligned with Baptcare’s mission and values, incorporating modern apartments and villas, high-end indoor and outdoor communal facilities, and quality aged-care facilities in a single location.
“The ability for residents to stay in familiar surrounds as their care needs change, is very appealing to today’s retirees,” Phong said. “If a village resident eventually requires residential aged care, we can help with the transition into our on-site facility, so they can remain living in the community they’ve come to call home.
“This gives our retirement residents a sense of security and future peace-of-mind.
“Working with CHT Architects and Sora Interiors – from concept to the completion of Stage Two and continuing – has been wonderful. Their experience, professionalism and focus on delivering our vision has made them extremely easy to work with.
“The ongoing development is progressing extremely well, and residents who have already moved-in absolutely love the design, their apartments and The Orchards community.”
Photography – Kane Jarrod Photography @kanejarrod