ClarkeHopkinsClarke launch vibrant Melbourne development


Melbourne Architects are transforming an industrial inner city Melbourne site with a new vibrant and lifestyle focused development.

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ClarkeHopkinsClarke, in collaboration with graphic designer David Pidgeon, will deliver a new development paying tribute to a favourite tourist activity, hot air ballooning.

The scheme has been designed with motives of a hot air balloon and clouds to be printed on sections of the Richmond façade.

ClarkeHopkinsClarke Partner Toby Lauchlan said their design of the 6 star energy rating building captures the history and culture of the locale and takes a strategic approach to the site’s characteristics.

“There is a unique Melbourne story behind the building design. The built form reflects an abstracted interpretation of hot air balloons floating into the sky, creating a dynamic composition of geometric forms rising from the streetscape,” Mr Lauchlan said.

Pica Apartments will feature 10 two-bedroom and nine one-bedroom apartment residences, with 14 car spaces and a ground floor café.

“Changes in urban density means we have an opportunity to develop this special site … and integrating some historical references to the sites ballooning history is a great way for us to transform it into a vibrant community,” Mr Lauchlan said.

Construction is expected to start in February 2015. Prices are available on request but range from $469,000 for one-bedroom and from $669,000 for two-bedroom apartments.

A display suite will be onsite from early 2015 and buyers will be offered a balloon flight.

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