Focus on community living
IT’S hard to foster a sense of community in a building where blank walls face internal communal corridors and residences face away from each other.
But what if an apartment development was more inward looking, with internal courtyards and residential entrances directly on to wide communal pathways? Whether it’s a unique social experiment in residential architecture, it’s a concept that Six Degrees Architecture has transferred from its experience in hospitality design to the Hawke & King development in West Melbourne.
The Brunswick Group development will take shape in four buildings rising three to six levels around a central courtyard on an island site between King, Hawke and Curzon streets.
Underground car parking is provided for all homes.
Hawke & King comprises 74 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments plus abundant informal and shared spaces totalling about 785sq m. The design twist replaces internal corridors with external walkways, creating inviting landscaped areas for residents, as well a dual aspect for natural light and ventilation at both ends.
Brunswick Group’s Paul Bell said communal spaces, like the courtyard and separate rooftop terraces, were within the aim of creating a place where people would be happy raising a family.
One-bedroom apartments measure 55-73sq m, twobedders are from 70-95sq m and three-bedroom apartments are 100-119sq m.
Prices range from $505,000 to $620,000 for one-bedroom apartments, $640,000 to $885,000 for two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom apartments are priced between $930,000 and $1.085 million.
Construction starts in May.
For more details, call Daniel Cashen from Knight Frank on 0438 346 313, visit the display suite at 621 King St, West Melbourne, or see hawkeandking.com.au