Kerstin Thompson Architects designs multi-residential complex packed with green space

Kerstin Thompson Architects has designed an apartment complex that embraces a nearby park in northern Melbourne.

Balfe Park Lane by Kerstin Thompson Architects.

Balfe Park Lane by Kerstin Thompson Architects.

Image: Kerstin Thompson Architects

The design of the complex presents as a number of distinct buildings. Located on Balfe Park Lane in Brunswick East, the complex will comprise nine townhouses and a number of apartments across four buildings connected by circular walkways. Sandwiched between Nicholson Street and Balfe Park, the complex will pair sixty-metres of direct park frontage with a large courtyard at its centre. A new public laneway will run through the complex, connecting the park with the street.

Kerstin Thompson, of Kerstin Thompson Architects, said, “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.

Balfe Park Lane by Kerstin Thompson Architects.

Balfe Park Lane by Kerstin Thompson Architects.

Image: Kerstin Thompson Architects

“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.”

A number of commercial spaces will occupy the ground level of the complex.

The façade and materials used in the building’s construction will reference the predominately industrial architectural character of the Nicholson Street area, with heavy use of brickwork and concrete.

The complex has also been designed with sustainability in mind, including cross-flow ventilation across all of the dwellings. Other sustainability features include a solar PV system for power generation, rainwater harvesting, rooftop composting, vegetable gardens and electric vehicle charging stations.

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