Tribute to brick beauty
CELEBRATING the area’s heritage was always part of the brief for those behind the Ari Apartments project in Hawthorn East.
But the discovery of a 120-year-old advertising slogan painted on a wall of the site’s original double-fronted Victorian shop proved an unexpected bonus.
The partially legible sign is thought to implore customers to “Try our unadulterated prize bread” and appears to have been painted over an earlier sign spruiking rice starch soap.
The relic was uncovered during demolition work on the site at 729 Burwood Rd in October 2013. The find prompted architect firm OLA Studio to change its design to make the sign a feature in the courtyard of the boutique, nineapartment development.
The firm’s Phil Snowdon said it was decided immediately to preserve the piece of history for the apartment residents and the public to enjoy.
“The old sign is also revealed to the public through the timber screened front facade, devised to continue the height of the neighbouring Victorian shopfronts that line Burwood Rd which also hint to a building form that was once there and reveal the new building behind,” he said.
Bricks from the old shopfront have also been used in the project, in a tribute to the suburb’s heritage and in keeping with the firm’s efforts to work sustainably.
“Given the history of brick making in the immediate area, we decided to make brick the hero of the development,” Mr Snowdon said.
“Brick screens are used to provide privacy to the apartments and their balconies from nearby apartments.”
Judges in the 2015 ArchiTeam Awards were won over by OLA Studio’s efforts, naming Ari Apartments best new residential award winner late last month.
Ari Apartments, which were finished earlier this year, features nine two-bedroom apartments, each with two bathrooms and a car space.
Six apartments remain on the market, with sizes ranging from 74-87sq m and prices from $595,000 to $780,000.
For information, call Nick Elmore at Jellis Craig Projects on 0438 599 938 or see ariapartments.com.au