393 Macaulay Rd.Kensington
We are excited to introduce 393 Macaulay Rd – our first project to be delivered via the Assemble Model. Three kilometres north-west of Melbourne’s CBD in Kensington, we’re building a new community. After consultation with the City of Melbourne, a town planning application has been submitted for a building designed by Fieldwork, comprising 73 apartments over 8 levels.
Identified as one of Resilient Melbourne’s Resilient Communities (an initiative of 100 Resilient Cities – pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation), 393 Macaulay Rd will encourage greater understanding of how to create more connected communities that are both sustainable and financially viable.
393 Macaulay Rd will offer a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom apartments. At the heart of our design is a landscaped, open-air walkway that will bring cross-flow ventilation and dual aspect natural light to all homes. The entire community will be connected through communal spaces on the upper and ground floors: places for work, eating and leisure, together.
We will adopt a less-is-more approach with the design, where quality is the defining factor. Residents will be offered a greater degree of customisation over their homes than currently offered through a conventional lease. The aim is for the building to improve with age through durable materials, flexible spaces, good access to natural light, cross-flow ventilation, strong connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, high quality fixtures and fittings, robust energy systems and integrated landscaping. It’s about liveability – implementing a clear set of standards that promote a better quality of life.
The design will restore and retain the facade of the original heritage building, designed by art deco architect Harry A. Norris (also the mastermind behind the iconic Curtain House, Mitchell House and Nicholas Building in Melbourne).
393 Macaulay Rd is located among the wide, tree-lined streets of Kensington, within the industrial fabric of the area. Our site sits between two of Melbourne’s significant waterways with the Moonee Ponds Creek to the east and Maribyrnong River to the west. A century ago, the streets were occupied by drovers, cattle, sheep, wool stores and flour mills. Today, many of these historic warehouses are home to artist studios, workshops and breweries – intermixed with Victorian cottages that skirt the surrounding streets.
Assemble will be holding a number of design presentations, to share the vision for the community, introduce the Assemble Model and seek feedback from prospective residents to inform the evolution of the design and the community. To register your interest and be notified of the upcoming design presentation dates, please share your details via the link below. We look forward to meeting you very soon!