With its roots in New York City, the converted warehouse has been a strong design trend for many years now but it’s recently taken on a new incarnation in Melbourne. From the Helio development in North Melbourne to Supply Co Richmond and Wills Place and Elm & Stone in the Docklands, designers are no longer converting old warehouses but are building purpose-built lofts from scratch instead.
“Elm & Stone is one of the first genuine loft developments to be built in Melbourne and definitely a first for Docklands. We prototyped multiple variations of this design to deliver the height and space that you might find in a converted warehouse, whilst capitalising on the great design benefits, of secure, elevated, north facing, apartment living,” says David Allt-Graham, general manager of residential at MAB. There’s no doubt that lofts provide functional living zones, additional height and space and a grand sense of openness, adding to their appeal over regular apartments in dense urban environments.
“Those seeking a sophisticated, inner-city pad will gravitate to Elm & Stone for its industrial-chic aesthetic and proximity to the city,” says David of the apartments that feature split levels. The flexible mezzanine space could be used as a living area, children’s play space, extra bedroom or studio.
The development showcases some great design features too including spacious balconies, with built-in planter boxes, so that residents can add to the building’s living façade. There are a plethora of great communal spaces too including a zen garden, pool and BBQ area, gym and library.
“We’ve been working in the Docklands for nearly 20 years, and with major Australian businesses like NAB, Medibank and the ANZ relocating to the precinct, we’re seeing a trend of younger buyers seeking quality, contemporary, yet affordable accommodation options nearby. However, this cohort of buyers are definitely vocal in what they expect in a development – community, connection to nature and a sense of style is a must,” says David.
Check out Elm & Stone here.