Milieu Property has been rather busy recently, feverishly working on several local projects that aim to positively contribute to their surrounds.
Their approach is to provide projects that emanate intelligent urban design and architecture, with the end objective to turn small property parcels into desirable homes and built spaces.
Here are four of Milieu's latest projects:
Launched: September 2016
Product: 5 Dedicated Co-working/Share office spaces
Architect: Therefore Studio
Exp. Completion: November 2016
Update: Limited spaces remain
HARRISON PL. Ground Floor
In November this year Milieu Property will open the doors to a considered workspace in Fitzroy, designed by local architects Therefore Studio as a collaborative community office.
Housed in the historical Harrison & Co. building, constructed in 1882 by local cordial manufacturer Robert Harrison and operating in Melbourne until the 1950s, HARRISON PL. is Milieu’s first non-residential project and will include five individual workplaces.
HARRISON PL. First FloorReimagined in sympathy with its heritage, the interior will be a contemporary workspace, framed by a palette of curated materials with furnishings by Artek, Hugh McCarthy and Henry Wilson, photography by Dan Hocking and Tom Blachford, plants by Loose Leaf and featuring a kitchen designed by David Flack.
The considered floor plan created with small to medium desk-based businesses in mind includes three studios downstairs, two upstairs and adjoining communal indoor and outdoor spaces, designed to foster a dynamic and nurturing environment for those who occupy the space.
Once open, HARRISON PL. also aims to establish connections with the wider community by opening its doors to host events and gatherings.
Dight Street exteriorLaunched: September 2016
Product: 8 Apartments, 4 Sky lofts and coffee house
Update: 7 Sold, 5 Remain
In search of fresh inspiration to help deliver quality residential construction and design, the Milieu team went on a research trip to Japan to see with their own eyes the various examples of Japan's residential and apartment design.
The resulting inspiration from this trip was Dight Street. Dight's elements derive from Japanese design-based principles such as simplicity, asymmetry, contrast, understatement and stillness. It's exterior is an exercise in harmony and balance; a subtle Japanese influence can be seen in the use of material textures with opposing qualities.
Dight Street interiorComposed of a restrained material palette, the interiors have been designed to create a sense of warmth and serenity. The brass-hooded entry is juxtaposed against the rendered base, making an aesthetic connection to the sculptural brass form up top, and the brass material also lends the building a local identity. The kitchens have cork flooring and exposed edge joinery, while brass fittings take their cues from the exterior.
Thoughtfully designed storage ensures everything has a place.
Launch: October 2016
Product: 15 Apartments (mix of two & three beds)
Architect: Freadman White
Update: Launched to Milieu clients, ROI open to public as of October 26 through online channels
Napier Street is a collaboration between Milieu and architects Freadman White. The project is designed to engage with its historic surroundings, making a significant contribution to the local streetscape.
Nestled within a leafy pocket of Melbourne’s most vibrant cultural precinct, Milieu says Napier Street offers a sense of home close to the city, making a valuable contribution to Fitzroy’s Golden Triangle.
Freadman White have reinterpreted timeless Australian principles which express a connection between house and landscape. Lighting helps to amplify spatial aspects, while inbuilt joinery gives purpose to empty spaces. Blank walls for artwork collections, framed views of the outside and intimate places to relax are qualities echoed in the finest modernist buildings.
Napier Street interior
Taking cues from the modernist period, the interiors embrace a pared back aesthetic which speaks to an Australian sensibility. A sense of simplicity in the material palette imbues the space with a relaxed feel, allowing occupants to individualise their own home. An exercise in restraint has allowed the honest expression of materials such as concrete, timber and brass.
The interiors are complemented by a collaboration with local 20th century furniture retailer Dean Angelucci, who provided guidance on furnishings for each apartment.
Launching: October/November 2016
Product: 21 Townhouses
Update: Launched to Milieu clients and now taking design survey responses from interested buyers via the Milieu Website
While modern, Milieu has created a design that celebrates the local history, culture and vernacular of Brunswick in a considered and authentic manner. The use of honey coloured brick is a nod to the brickworks factory and quarry that were once the dominant local industries.
Barry Street is intended to be a space for environmentally conscious individuals, and one of the distinguishing features of the façade is a series of cloth awnings and timber shutters to allow fresh breezes and light to flow through the homes. It's been constructed to age gracefully over time - as creepers extend over the façade, the timber will take on a rich, grey patina and become a part of the local streetscape.