Hot Melbourne Market Delivers Gardin Residences Hawthorn, Ups The Architectural Ante


Melbourne's hyper active apartment market continues to drive up standards with a boutique quaternary of townhouses in Hawthorn taking architectural sophistication to a new level.

Located on Gardiner Road, Hawthorn, the Gardin Residences development was designed by Plus Architecture and aims to artfully weave together architecture, interior design and landscaping to create a unified expression of contemporary sophistication.

This project includes four high end town houses that span across varying levels, breaking up the visual bulk and adding interest to the architecture of the building. The design makes a point of celebrating communal spaces between the homes and in the entryways through beautiful gardens, green walls and breakout zones with paving, decking and seating.

The homes have been designed by Plus Architecture to have a sustainability focus, featuring cross ventilation in living areas, an abundance of natural light to all levels, solar hot water panels and rainwater tanks for landscape irrigation.

Each room features meticulously detailed joinery with luxury finishes including grand oak timber floorboards in the living spaces and wool carpets in the bedrooms. Functionality and practicality is a focus with the media room joinery doubling as a study desk, while the fireplace joinery covers the TV when not in use.

“It is a sanctuary to explore and make your own,” says Plus Architecture Director Ian Briggs who worked closely with Melbourne Landscape Architects, Oculus to enhance and extend the indoor and outdoor environments.

“The external stairway access has been designed as part of an integrated communal landscape, incorporating green walls and breakout zones to minimise hard edges. This creates a kind of open seclusion, with generous spaces that maintain privacy.”

To correlate with the surrounding buildings, upper levels are predominantly brick, with screens on the western facade and metal louvres on the east bolstering the architectural aesthetic.

Meanwhile timber and metal cladding mark entry points on the ground level and daylight floods through floor-to-ceiling glazing.

Media room joinery doubles as a study desk, fireplace joinery conceals the television when not in use and most second bedrooms include study nooks.

Miele appliances coupled with fully integrated dishwashers and Liebherr refrigerators with custom timber handles take kitchen and laundry design to another level.

The three-bedroom residences range from 220 to 261 square metres internally, with vast outdoor entering spaces spanning up to 127 square metres, with pricing starting at $2.3 million.

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