A collection of eight multi-level Fitzroy townhouses two kilometres from the CBD, 108 Leicester Street joins the multi-residential living revolution changing the face of Melbourne.
Developed by FOURSQ and designed by BKK Architects, these luxury townhouses are a direct response to the growing demand for luxury accommodation in the constantly evolving inner north.
108 Leicester Street draws inspiration from Fitzroy’s industrial past, the homes striking a stunning balance between two unique design styles, featuring high-end Italian finishes within a warehouse theme.
Each of the townhouses offer large, flexible floor plans of 152-232 square metres over 4-5 levels, and feature private lifts, soaring three metre ceilings and private roof terraces with spectacular city and mountain range views.
108 Leicester Street's adopts a sustainable approach in its design which enhances cross-ventilation and includes high efficiency hot water services and plumbing fixtures, fully zoned heating and cooling with hydronic and optional upgrade, along with an upgradeable 1.5 kw solar photovoltaic system for each townhouse as standard. Each residence will be zero emission ready.
Knight Frank Director of Residential Daniel Cashen said there is an extraordinary, pent-up demand for beautifully designed and highly specified larger residences in sought-after inner city precincts, particularly within smaller bespoke developments.
“There is a dearth of this style of development in Melbourne. These townhouses are exactly what downsizing baby boomers and professionals are looking for, with highly thoughtful design in a lifestyle location with all the advantages of medium density living.”
The design acknowledges the classic housing genres of its Fitzroy neighbourhood. Along Young Street the design is a contemporary reworking of traditional Victorian terraces, on Leicester Street it’s a reimagining of archetypal warehouse conversions, while the corner will create a unique urban landmark that defines a new sense of place.
But the exploration of design typologies is not only restricted to the exterior. The interiors examine the use of concrete as both a feature of the ceilings and in the stairwells of each residence with the integration of timber and brass; a contextualist approach that considers the urban landscape and what would have existed on the site in the years gone.
BKK Architects Principal Simon Knott said the residences are true to their locality, featuring extraordinary attention to detail through crafting unique interiors using select bespoke fittings from the best artisans Melbourne’s north has to offer.
“This includes the likes of Anchor Ceramics and Ross Gardam, known for their development and exhibition of a number of acclaimed lighting products.”
Four townhouses offer the option of using their ground level as a second living area, extra bedroom, home office or media room, with bathroom and storage. All townhouses have two bedrooms – each with their own private level and en suite and some opening to a balcony. The open plan living areas feature concrete ceilings, expansive glazing and bespoke screens to the stairwell made of Victorian Ash and brass woven mesh.
Moving upwards, the roof terraces are designed as private urban oases, places of sanctuary and retreat with space for outdoor cooking, dining and living featuring a Tait Tilt Outdoor Kitchen and premium Electrolux barbecue with roasting hood. Five townhouses have Young or Leicester Street frontages and access while three are entered via the internal garden courtyard which features timbers recycled from the site’s original warehouse.
Buyers can fully customise their Italian made and designed Dada kitchen with its stone island bench and stainless steel cook and food preparation benchtop. Miele appliances include an 806-millimetre width induction cooktop, twin ovens and integrated dishwasher with a black circular Qasair rangehood and the option of a Miele steam oven and integrated Miele microwave.
Wide European oak boards adorn the kitchen dining and living areas and loop pile carpet in bedrooms, livened through optimal light flow through the well-thought out solar orientation of the residences. Timber, stone and metallic elements are tastefully used throughout with feature panelling, marble kitchen and bathroom finishes and brushed brass accents in joinery handles, stair rails and wire mesh.
Main bedrooms have walk-in-wardrobes complete with dressing tables, featuring customisable Italian made Molteni joinery. En-suites feature solid surface double vanities, a built-in bath and large walk-in shower. All layouts include at least one integrated desk within living areas or bedrooms.
With all townhouses sporting a minimum of two secure parking spaces and bicycle storage, 108 Leicester Street is truly a rare find.
Construction is anticipated to start by early 2017 with completion in late 2017.