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A luxury retirement living precinct which rekindles creative spirit and a soulful connection to place through good design embedded within its homes, people and community.

Studley Park retirement precinct

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Studley Park is a premium retirement living precinct Woods Bagot has designed for Villa Maria Catholic Homes spread over a generous 1.6 hectare site in the leafy inner Melbourne suburb of Kew. 

It will comprise 108 luxury apartments, feature the restoration of three existing heritage buildings and include spectacular amenities, expansive green spaces and a public café.

Woods Bagot has taken a considered and holistic approach to the project, underpinned by three key beliefs:

– To embrace the heritage character of one of the few places in Australia that demonstrates Arts and Craft in its built fabric.

– To explore the contemporary direction of retirement living that creates wellness and a true sense of community.

– To celebrate craftsmanship, the inherent beauty of the material, the importance of nature as inspiration, and the value of simplicity and utility.

Project details

The site is unique in its scale, proportion and access with expansive street frontages.

Woods Bagot’s approach was to create multiple buildings as a series of pavilions that mediate the undulating topography and existing trees of the site to create a village like scale and community.

The Building Design Principles speak to the vision for high quality architecture, in response to the surrounding context – an affluent, established neighbourhood with many parks and well-built character homes.

Masonry brickwork of varying tones, articulated by metal work in contrasting colours, are the predominant materials, offering variety and individual building identity.

They were selected to ensure longevity while offering residents, many of whom will come from the surrounding area, a sense of home.

Melbourne, Australia
32,000 sqm
344,445 sf
Expected Completion
Oculus (Landscape)
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