Tucked away in an unassuming pocket of Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, Malvern Hill is one of the latest projects created by SJB – the award-winning architects who are taking the commercial architecture scene by storm.
A project developed by Hamton, Malvern Hill’s striking architecture is complemented by sculptural metal screens, sleek black steel and an abundant use of timber panelling, to provide a rich, textured appeal in this low-rise apartment neighbourhood.
Developing 120 apartments in a notoriously quiet, leafy-green suburb was always going to be tricky, so it was imperative for SJB to create a series of residences that played down the density and upsold on luxury.
Every one of the apartments looks out over the central landscaped courtyards, to maximise filtration of sunshine into the interiors and provide favourable outlooks from every apartment rather than just a lucky few.
Light, white kitchens with gloss finishes stand next to open plan dining and living spaces with blonde wood cabinetry and floorboards, to create contemporary interiors with a timeless appeal.
As part of the regeneration of the site which once housed an aged care facility, SJB reinstated a former roadway that once linked Elizabeth and Warner Streets to create connectivity, circulation and access to the area, while an underground car park was also established to remove cars from the street.
Designed at the height of the suburb’s vocal opposition to inappropriate development, Malvern Hill has succeeded in bringing higher density living to a neighbourhood where development is most often staunchly opposed.
The clever end design delivers density in a region where demand is high, yet with all the subtleties of a tucked-away townhouse enclave. It’s an intelligent solution to a modern design problem and if carried off with just the right amount of skill – as is evident with Malvern Hill – one can just about please everyone.