One Wilson Ave is inspired by the varied and enduring textures of Brunswick. Paying homage to Neometro's history and Milieu's development approach, while referencing the area's brutalist post-war buildings, the façade is defined by a bold and singular material: concrete. Its use ensures that the building will age gracefully and develop a unique character as the years go by. Having lived locally for more than a decade, architect Quino Holland has drawn on his deep understanding of Brunswick's materiality—resulting in a meticulously designed building that feels right at home in the Jewell Station precinct.
Interiors at One Wilson Ave are simple, well-planned spaces underscored by generous amounts of natural light. Each of the homes revolves around DesignOffice's deep understanding of spatiality, with select homes focusing on the considered placement of multipurpose rooms—connected areas with large sliding doors that allow residents to create dynamic layouts to suit their individual needs, and ensure free-flowing movement between shared and private spaces. Flexibility, accessibility, environmentally conscious design, and a seamless transition to the streetscape below operate in conjunction to create a sustainable vertical community.
Select spaces on the first floor have been designed to suit a variety of purposes. Available for use as either offices or apartments, these spaces can be adjusted to suit owners commercial and residential needs well into the future.
Long cherished for its authentic communal spirit, Brunswick is one of Melbourne's most vibrant neighbourhoods. Tucked away behind Sydney Road, the Jewell Station precinct is a multi-stage development and a key part of the local council's plan to build on the area's unique character, revitalise the heritage retail precinct, and better integrate transportation and amenities. As the third stage, this building has been designed to fit perfectly with the council's future vision and to complement other close-by projects by Neometro and Milieu. It's also well connected to public transport, a wide range of amenities and sprawling parklands.
We believe sustainability is about longevity and strategic design rather than tokenistic gestures. This means favouring durable materials that wear in (not out); integrating renewable energy; and devising spaces that can respond passively to changes in weather. More broadly, the present must reflect what comes next, and measures have been put in place now to ensure clients can buy once and buy well, maintaining a high level of sustainability for many years to come.
Working in partnership for the first time, this project combines Fieldwork's agile, pragmatic and sensitive approach to architecture with DesignOffice's empathetic, rigorous and innovative approach to interior design. The result is a sustainable, authentic and emotional response to place that is designed to age gracefully.
Milieu and Neometro
This project harnesses Neometro and Milieu's complementary approaches to creating truly liveable homes. Having been friends and peers for a long time, it's a mutual pleasure for the developers to work together. With a shared passion for creating exceptional homes, Neometro and Milieu view this project as an opportunity to combine respective strengths, share knowledge and unite to deliver intelligent homes for a growing city. For more information about Neometro and their approach we encourage you to visit their website.Visit neometro.com.au
Quino Holland of Fieldwork, and Mark Simpson and Damien Mulvihill of Design Office, present two essays that explore key project themes in more detail.
The project brochure provides a succinct and tactile overview of the project.
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