Between the National Gallery of Victoria and the Domain Interchange, and just across from the Royal Botanic Gardens, lies a stretch of St Kilda Road that developers call “the golden mile” of apartment development sites. Already home to well-known apartment buildings such as The Melburnian and Royal Domain Tower, this prized pocket will soon house Botanic Melbourne, a 21-level garden-inspired project from Evolve Development.
For Evolve’s director, Ashley Williams, the old real estate adage of “location, location, location” best sums up what Botanic is about. Having recently completed another project nearby, he understands the appeal of this strip, which lies just several blocks south of the CBD.
“Residents really like that idea that they can live with all the benefits of being in the CBD but actually they’re just slightly removed from the activity. That way they’ve got a little more peacefulness and tranquility that they can enjoy,” he explains.
“Obviously the proximity to the NGV and Southgate and Crown is very important, but for us the biggest attraction is the proximity to the Royal Botanic Gardens and the acres and acres of parkland straight across St Kilda Road, just 150 metres from our front door.”
The closeness of the famed 94-acre gardens has inspired not only the name, but also the design of Botanic Melbourne. Apartments are situated to maximise parkland views, and interior features play on the garden theme.
Artist’s impression of Botanic Melbourne.
“We’ve looked at the parkland-type environment and tried to take elements of that into the internal areas,” says Williams.
Beau Fulwood, associate at the development’s design partners SJB Architects, agrees the Botanic Gardens were a source of inspiration “from the very beginning”.
“It spoke to using more natural and earthy colours, rather than bold colours, because we thought that was more in keeping with the Botanic Gardens’ colour scheme,” he says.
Common areas such as the lobby, the residents’ lounge, the gym and the pool feature natural materials such as stone, timber, and bronze metal finishes – most strikingly seen in a bronze-clad statement staircase that leads from the lobby to the Residents Business Centre on the mezzanine floor – often observed in parkland settings.
“This theme extends out to the landscaped deck on level five, where you’ve got your own pocket of botanic gardens,” adds Fulwood.
“The landscaped deck on level five was designed by Jack Merlo. It’s very green and there’s a barbeque pavilion with timber battens and stone as well.”
Artist’s impression of Botanic Melbourne.
Buyers have the option of choosing from three colour palettes for their apartment: a natural palette, which uses warm timbers and a lighter, marble-like texture for benchtops and splashbacks; one with darker timber for joinery and floorboards and a darker-veined stone for benchtops and splashbacks; and a neutral design that Fulwood calls “quite modern and a bit of a contrast”.
Botanic is slated to have 288 one, two and three-bedroom apartments in total, though some buyers are opting to combine residences.
“At the top end we’re selling a lot of bespoke apartments” explains Williams. “Purchasers are coming to us and putting apartments together as a larger three or four-bedroom apartment, with an opportunity to customise the design to their brief”.
“We’ve also been well supported by more traditional apartment buyers; investors, first home buyers or owner-occupiers who are looking for a really well located, well finished apartment in a premium location without necessarily a premium price.”
Williams expects that upon moving in, residents will want to make the most of their nearness to many Melbourne icons.
“They can go for a walk in the gardens after work, or a run around Albert Park Lake, or a coffee up in Domain Road,” he says. “
They’re all those quintessential lifestyle options that people start to adopt once they move into an apartment.”
Construction on Botanic Melbourne will commence in the second half of 2017. Prices range from $425,000 to $3 million. For more information, visit botanicmelbourne苏州美甲学校网苏州美甲学校论坛