PICTURE A PLACE TO CALL HOME
Sekisui House welcomed the first residents to its $1 billion West End development West Village this week.
West Village sales, marketing and property management director Megan Barron said settlement was on October 24 for residents the first stage – the Park and Lexington buildings – two of nine buildings.
“Subsequent stages are scheduled to be completed by 2023, ultimately, there will be nine residential buildings of various sizes on the 2.6ha site and a total of about 1200 apartments,” Ms Baron said.
Instead of taking a “one-size-fits-all’’ approach to design at West Village, Sekisui House appointed Fleur Hartigan Design to transform a display apartment into a home.
They gave Ms Hartigan free rein to transform the display suite and public spaces at the first two buildings.
“Her first West Village creation is the new two-bedroom display home in Park – one of the two residential buildings due for occupancy later in 2018,” Ms Barron said.
“She will work with renowned Australian artist David Bromley and his wife Yuge who are providing the design overlay on the public spaces in Park and Lexington.
“Fleur is styling the West Village display apartments, as well as providing styling services to residents — nine have so far signed up for Fleur’s advice.”
Ms Hartigan said her motivation came in part from the frustration of seeing bland, cookie-cutter public places that detract from new builds.
“In my experience, display apartments are often not ‘real’,” she said.
“West Village asked me to create a home, not a two-bedroom display suite, and to show what real living is like in an inner urban environment.”
Since it was founded in 1960, Sekisui House has constructed more than 2.38 million homes across the world.
Ms Barron said Ms Hartigan came to the attention of West Village through “industry reputation”.
“We had heard about Fleur through some of our contacts and, when we saw the fabulous California bungalow home she and her husband recently redeveloped at Graceville, we knew she was the right person to create the experience we want for our residents and visitors,” Ms Barron said.
“West Village is Fleur’s largest project to date and her brief is to use her style expertise to breathe life into the common areas of
Park and Lexington, including hallways and entrance lobbies, a rooftop deck and around the poolside.”
Ms Hartigan said once complete, West
Village residents would enjoy a creative environment – one with green spaces, unique handmade products decorating rooms and, of course, some of Bromley’s distinctive artworks.
“I will be creating spaces that are emotive and tactile, places to live and entertain,” she said.
“When someone walks into the twobedroom suite I recently styled, I want them to feel like they are home.
“And the public areas will feel like an extension of their private living space – these will be wonderful green spaces for congregation and conversation.”
The developer also officially opened the Post Office Square-sized park, The Common on October 18.
Described by its designers, landscape architects RPS, as an “urban forest” with mature trees and grassed areas, the 3300sq m space, which includes, The Common, Wilson Lane and Factory Lane match the size and scale of Post Office Square.
Artwork is a feature of the twobedroom display apartment styled by Fleur Hartigan (below) at Sekisui House's West Village development in Brisbane’s West End.