Collective #5 – Gardiner St North Melbourne
- Site: 6-10 Gardiner Street North Melbourne
- Status: Town Planning
- Collaborators: Pillar+Post Architecture
- Commencement: May 2017
- Completion : 2020
- Partners: 7
Our fifth townhouse joint venture launched in May 2016 with the purchase of 6-10 Gardiner Street North Melbourne.
Our seven partner collective purchased the 425m2 site off-market for $3.1m with an 18 month settlement period. Our plan is to build eight four level 3-bedroom townhouses on the property.
The site is three blocks from the Vic Market and bounded on the south by Gardiner Street, on the west by St Andrews St and on the east by Warwick St. The great access means we have pursued a scheme with on grade car parking and the 14m height limit means that, similar to our Ireland St project, the townhouses will all be on compact circa 50 sqm lots over four levels with 3 beds, 2 baths, 1 car park and a roof deck.
In keeping with the heritage nature of the area (and a bit of a current personal obsession with brickwork patterning), we decided to introduce a banded brickwork pattern around the lower two storeys of the building.
To maximise the amenity of the site we have decreased the site coverage of the current warehouse to allow us to incorporate rear courtyards into all the units. We did this to ensure that all four floors have good access to light. To improve the amenity of the ground floor we consolidated the 8 rear courtyards into two grouped areas. We will also soften these areas through the use of planter boxes and plantings. External spiral staircases to access the roof decks made of perforated metal were also chosen to allow as much light in as possible.
Excitingly we are exploring the possibility of using cross laminated timbers (CLT) for part of the structure.
Click on this link to review a copy of the advertised town planning drawings