PIC­TURE A PLACE TO CALL HOME

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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.

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