Melbourne Gets A Taste Of Japanese Aesthetics With Milieu’s Latest Development


From inception to execution, Milieu Property’s latest project in Melbourne’s inner north has been somewhat of a journey.

It all started with a trip taken by the whole Milieu team to Tokyo, Japan, where they went to study design principles.

Milieu then soaked up as much of the Japanese culture as possible, drinking in the design principles and gaining inspiration for the underpinning drive to add something different to Melbourne’s inner city living.

Milieu Property Director Shannon Peach reflected that tangibility and functionality are two of the strongest takeaways when it came to viewing Tokyo’s design elements.

“Just walking the suburban streets you come to appreciate the thoughtfulness of Japanese design,” he says.

And so one journey ended when the Milieu team returned home, but another journey began with the design of a new project at 109 Dight Street, Collingwood.

Milieu Dight St

Thanks to the overseas trip of inspiration, Dight street is heavily guided by Japanese design philosophies such as simplicity, contrast and understatement.

“We hope this building will be a homage to these principles using the very simple palate outside of rough white render and brass, with cork, terrazzo stone and brushed stainless steel inside,” Peach said.

Dight Street previously existed as an architect office, but thanks to a partnership with Architecture firm Fieldwork will now consist of 12 occupant conscious apartments over five levels. The top two storeys will be used to make four ‘Sky Lofts’ - two-bedroom, two-story elevated town houses above the other apartments.

Milieu Dight St

Fieldwork Founder and Director Quino Holland said careful thought went into the building’s sustainability factor. Eventually, Fieldwork went with a design that makes it thermally responsive and environmentally conscientious, with 10 apartments having north and south windows that work to reduce the need for heating.

“All the north-facing windows and openings have eaves on them which blocks out the strong summer sun, but during the winter months the depth of the eave is designed so that when the sun is lower in the sky, the winter sun goes straight into the units, meaning your requirement for heating is much reduced,” Holland says.

Milieu Dight St

Dight Street’s exterior utilises just four materials, giving the overall form of the building a refined and pared back appearance. Milieu believes it is an exercise in harmony and balance. The indoors truly celebrate the Japanese inspiration, with crafted interiors that echo elegant simplicity creating a sense of warmth and serenity. Living spaces are decorated with cork flooring, while kitchen windows are large and north facing, allowing residents a pleasant view while they prepare meals.

Milieu plans to install a ground floor café and Japanese vending machine in the building’s lobby in an attempt to maintain high-end quality of living throughout the entire building.

Milieu Dight St

Dight Street will be able to benefit from an area which, over the last two decades, has been experiencing a bout of transformation as new residents are flocking to the area for its proximity to new cafes, galleries, creative studios, neighbouring suburbs and the CBD. Dight Street will also enjoy easy accessibility to the 86 Tram or Victoria Park train station, as well as Harmsworth Street Reserve or the newly upgraded Victoria Park.

One-bed apartments range in size from 50-57 sqm, and are priced at $535,000-565,000, while sky lofts are sized at a generous 98-103m2 with a price point between $949,000-979,000. All apartments enjoy outdoor areas that range in size from 6-12 sqm.

Milieu Dight St

Construction on Dight Street is expected to be complete early/mid 2018.


Images courtesy Milieu Property.

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