Melbourne City Aerial photograph

This site presents a unique opportunity for the International Architectural Practice of Peddle Thorp to create a plan for a new inner city community.

The masterplan created by Peddle Thorp incorporates many ideas that have been developed in a number of their major completed projects throughout Asia.

The centrepiece of the design is a central community garden. This includes a clubhouse, water features and elaborate gardens so that every residential property is only a maximum of a few hundred metres from a recreation space.

The site includes a mix of residential properties. The Northern section of the site features a variety of town houses with individual street frontages. These are designed to create varied streetscapes of different forms and materials interpreted in distinctly contemporary forms.

There are also a series of apartment buildings along the Southern section of the site. These are stepped in plan form so that there are views out of the site from the majority of units. This layout captures extensive views to the bay, panoramic views to the City Skyline and views to the North of the City towards the Airport.

The apartment towers are also organised around a series of residential courtyards. These provide semi-private garden spaces to each residential group and extend the landscape themes from the central garden spine into each residential parcel.

The design also includes two landmark towers at each end of the garden spine. It is intended that these higher, apartment towers, “anchor” the site, with the Eastern Tower forming a gateway to the site and the Western Tower terminating views along the garden spine. Both these towers present opportunities for iconic architectural forms to enhance the overall design expression for the project.

The design also incorporates the red brick façade of the old Bradmill industrial building and the remaining tower. These are recycled to form the facades of an apartment building, recognising the heritage context of the site. This also contributes to the diversity of accommodation that is available in the masterplan.

A community shopping centre, with 2 supermarkets, is planned for the NE corner of the site. This forms a neighbourhood activity centre with ‘retail street’, coffee shops, community facilities and the Yarraville Community Library*.

The architectural expression of the project is designed to encourage diversity within a contemporary vocabulary of fine detailing and high quality materials. It will be a neighbourhood of the highest standards of design, of landscape quality and of community facilities.