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The City of Boroondara has issued a permit for Woods Bagot’s and VMCH’s premium retirement living precinct at its 1.6ha site in Studley Park, Kew. The precinct will comprise 108 luxury apartments and see the restoration of three existing heritage buildings. It will include spectacular amenities, expansive green spaces and deliver a new public café.
Designed as ‘mansionettes’ of their context, the scale of the precinct’s four residential buildings is akin to the existing homes in Kew, seamlessly integrating with the community rather than offering a siloed precinct.
The Landscape Masterplan, by award-winning Oculus Studios, has carefully considered a number of high value trees, centring them as part of large green spaces for residents and the public.
Council’s urban designer described the development as “meticulously crafted and thoughtfully and expertly executed to suit the site and locale” noting “the architectural expression reinvents familiar features of the arts and crafts movement in an imaginative manner to provide local relevance and allow the new buildings to talk to their historic neighbours and nestle comfortably within their surroundings”.
Describing his team’s process, Woods Bagot principal and regional design leader Peter Miglis said, “we wanted to create a soulful community by layering design’s past, present and future.”
“Nestled in this precinct is our vision for the contemporary direction of retirement living, as a space for wellness that remains deeply embedded within its context and community. This is a site that carefully balances privacy and community, protection and connection.”
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