Mary Street

Hawthorn

Awards:
Winner of City of Boroondara 2012 Urban Design Awards
‘Best small to medium scale multi-dwelling residential development’

Within the Grace Park Historic overlay precinct and resting between two period dwellings of significant heritage value, this project presented the challenge of delivering a building that would make a positive contribution to the streetscape, that would stand to exemplify how a modern building can be integrated successfully within this context, and one that would not threaten the integrity of its neighbours.

With significant pressure to produce a building that drew heavily on the neighbouring buildings form and detail, we resisted the easy road approach, believing strongly that the best way to pay homage to these buildings was not to mimic them, rather deliver a building to a scale and form appropriate to its street context, detailed and configured in a modern manner so as to celebrate our time and place in history. The battle that pursued and the success of the building that has finally been delivered is testament to the tenacity of our client and their belief in our cause, for which we thank them.