8 star apartments

8.5 star apartments progressing

It’s fantastic to see the second floor concrete slab being completed! Check out the details of the project below. We hope to see more family friendly 8.5 star apartments like these in Melbourne!



Type: Multi-residential new build

Location: Heidelberg

Size: Site 956.1m2,  Proposed building 526.8m2, Car parks 22, Ground floor Garden/Outdoor Entertaining 281.7m2

Challenges: 13 spacious apartments on a tight site with neighbours to the west and south, not overshadowing/overlooking neighbours, north access to all apartment living spaces

Building Star Rating: average 8 stars

Features: sloped south-west zinc roof/wall as a creative response to rescode requirements, angled walls and voids to allow north solar access to all apartment living areas, generous outdoor spaces to all apartments varying from 7.3m2 to 48.9m2, communal walkways with planters as balustrade

8.5 star apartments
8.5 star apartments

Sustainable strategy:

Water Saving: water tanks in basement for garden irrigation and toilet flushing. The entire roof system of this design is based around the collection and harvesting
of water providing one hundred percent retention and reuse.

Passive Design: The placement of windows and deep reveals have considered both connection to the landscape and passive solar design, minimised east/west glazing, operable windows located for cross ventilation, high thermal mass in concrete slabs and blockwork walls

Building materials: high levels of insulation including kingspan kooltherm foam insulation on blockwork walls

Windows: Ecoclassic high performance double glazed windows

Active Heating & Cooling: ceiling fans

Lighting: Daylight maximised , LED fittings

Paints, finishes & floor coverings: low VOC paint throughout, external blinds shade doors & windows where necessary

Other ESD features: high density living in the inner city that is attractive to families and empty nesters. Houses in the sky not tiny soulless boxes, as a serious alternative to urban sprawl


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