This is the first design that can stand the test of time.

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Forget everything you think you know about apartment design – the Melbourne real estate developer is doing things differently.

A multi-purpose public lounge in a golden area, a library, a children’s sandpit, an edible herb garden, a dog wash and a workshop allow residents to do all the messy work they don’t want to do in their own apartments.

The latest project from ASSEmble, 393 Macaulay Road, Kensington, aims to bridge the gap between renting and owning a home, and to build apartments that grow better with age.

As part of the assembly model, residents are entitled to a five-year lease at a known rent set at market value. When they sign the lease, they also sign the right – but no obligation – to buy the property at a predetermined price at the end of the lease. But in the first 12 months, if the situation changes, residents can continue to move forward.

“Apartment life is shifting from investing in products to homeowners’homes, so it’s more about quality of life and how to live a full life in an apartment,” says Quino Holland, Assemble’s director of design.

393 Macaulay Road is carefully designed to build links and communities between residents and centers, believing that well-designed vertical life offers possibilities for people from all walks of life – from families with furry friends and young professionals to the elderly, bike lovers and green lovers alike.
The eight storey building will comprise 73 apartments and focus on design innovation and sustainable development. As part of the discovery process, Assemble is investigating potential residents to see what elements are important to them in the development process.

Therefore, multi-functional public spaces with adaptability and flexibility have become part of the project, such as lobbies and public lounges, which can be adjusted according to the needs of residents. Assembly models also provide community benefits, such as bulk purchasing services, to help reduce living costs and further increase housing affordability.

“Crowding people together into the apartment building does not create a community,” Holland said.

“One of the big differences in assembly is what we do in the space between apartments, compared to typical buildings.”
The superstructure is not an apartment with a standard closed corridor, but is split in two to form an open external corridor. In addition to connection points, it provides apartments with windows facing north and facing south to achieve cross ventilation.

“The apartment is connected to the central aisle through a small bridge, which is almost like a front porch, a transitional space between public and private. Each apartment also has a private outdoor terrace, “Holland said.

The 52 parking spaces will be allocated according to needs. Residents who want to get a car spot will pay nominal weekly fees, and parking revenues will eventually reduce the cost of the car body business. If parking demand declines, space can be reused in the future to provide additional workshop or storage space, or cinemas, Holland explains.
The design of individual apartments aims at providing a subtle background for residents to make their own space. Like the whole building, apartment design is not up-to-date and has durability, functionality and flexibility.

Apartment designs include DEKTON < desktop and splash boards, Fisher & Paykel equipment, engineering wood floors, exposed concrete ceilings, and even dog doors to the balcony.

Sustainability is also a priority for potential residents, so the project will accommodate a 30-kilowatt solar system, 25,000 litres of rainwater tanks and a seven-star NABERS rating.

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