Trib­ute to brick beauty

Herald Sun - Property - - DEVELOPMENT - KAMAHL COGDON

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

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