With its planning permit issued, this development of the existing Malvern Fire Station, close to Monash University (Caulfield Campus) consists of 368m2 of retail space and 64 apartments, over a basement.
Sitting between an Art Deco cinema, now converted to apartments and a Victorian era public utility building. The realisation of the building mass is the continuation of the grids and rhythm of the existing streetscape to the street façade height, and the introduction of the organic form above the street façade provide a softened top to the building.
Overall a restrained pallet of materials, textures and subtle colour accents, including off form concrete, tinted glass, painted render, perforated metal, and zinc cladding has been incorporated to create a crisp, clean and consistent aesthetic. Large balconies and built in planters offer generous external and green living spaces.