Collective #2 – Clarke St Northcote

Project details

  • Site: 121 Clarke Street Northcote
  • Status: Construction
  • Collaborators: Pillar+Post Architecture, Pillar+Post Projects
  • Commencement: September 2014
  • Completion : Early 2018
  • Partners: 7

After 9 months of searching for a development site and a number of failed bids our second collective secured a 877m2 property in a great location on Ruckers Hill in late 2014. With 6 other partners we proceeded to secure a planning permit for seven 3-4 bedroom triple storey townhouses on the site in 2016.

Working closely with the team from Pillar+Post all members of the collective were intimately involved in the design development. The key highlights of the brief was to design something differentiated and take advantage of the elevated and sloping site to capture not only south western city views but the north eastern aspect to Ruckers Hill.

As part of the planning permit process we undertook a partial redesign of the initial scheme to address Council’s main concerns around visual bulk, landscaping opportunities and impact on the amenity of the neighbour to the east. Initially Council were not supportive of the scheme, however the partial re-designed addressed their main concerns and we secured a near unanimous approval at the Council planning committee meeting.

The design response features a restrained palette of materials that is contextually appropriate for a property that boarders the South Morang trail line. The design also considers the weathering of the building, particularly in relation to the prominent western elevation. The façade to the west features a functional yet scupltural external steel modular frame. The frame is offset from the main structure to allow for vertical planting and external sun shading to buffer and moderate heat load from the western sun.

Click on this link to review a copy of the advertised town planning drawings.

Construction commenced in late March 2017 and we expect construction to be completed in early 2018.

121 Clarke Street Northcote