Melbourne lifestyle developer Little Projects’ has reaffirmed its track record for delivering world class residential projects, winning a coveted Asia Pacific Property Award for the redevelopment of the former Tip Top bakery site in Brunswick East, Victoria.
In receiving the Best Residential Property in Australia Award 2016, Little Projects approach to design and connection to the community were applauded.
Little Projects’ 2013 South Yarra residential building, ILK, was also acknowledged at the International Award ceremony held in Kuala Lumpar, winning a Highly Commended Award for best High-rise Residential Development.
The $215 million Tip Top bakery redevelopment designed by national architectural practice Rothelowman has previously been awarded the UDIA’s prestigious National 2015 Urban Renewal Award, which acknowledged Australia’s best urban developments.
Little Projects’ General Manager Sales and Marketing Fergus Humphries says it is an honour to have such a significant project be recognised for its design, innovation and contribution to the community on a world stage. “To have Tip Top Brunswick East recognised at an international level after it was awarded last year’s National UDIA Award for urban renewal is confirmation of our commitment to high quality development and outstanding residential communities,” Mr Humphries says.
“Our team’s goal was to exceed the expectations while delivering a building that would create an immense sense of satisfaction and pride among residents and the community as a whole. For Tip Top to be recognised by our industry and peers for its outstanding contribution to urban development in Australia is an incredible achievement for the entire team.”
Mr Humphries says recognising the site’s history was one of Little Projects’ highest priorities and the reason behind appointing national architecture and interior design practice Rothelowman. He says working with a like-minded architectural firm that shared an appreciation for protecting and enhancing Tip Top’s heritage helped protect its original integrity.
Rothelowman Principal Stuart Marsland says Tip Top’s defining feature is its integration and connectivity of buildings, facilities and community, which has been instrumental in establishing a sense of community through a series of laneways that pedestrianise the development.
"Rothelowman’s design for this three-acre site off Lygon Street has inspired renewed interest in Brunswick East. The design transformed a site with a 65-year history as a commercial bakery into a thriving development of 411 apartments, townhouses, commercial offices and childcare facility,” Mr Marsland says.
"The Tip Top design retains the authenticity of its heritage with original Dutch art deco styling sitting side-by-side with abstract notations of the bakery production process illustrated in organic, curvaceous, interconnected forms."The Asia Pacific Property Awards recognise and rewards property, architecture and interior design globally, with a panel of 70 property experts scrutinising hundreds of entries for the Five-Star or Highly Commended winners.