Driven by a commitment to strong architectural outcomes and progressive urban design, Milieu specialises in crafting small to medium scale developments within Melbourne‘s most attractive inner-city enclaves. Their third project on a leafy stretch of Fitzroy’s Napier Street, in a coveted neighbourhood pocket cupped by Gertrude, Smith and Brunswick Streets, recently launched for sale.

The area’s historic architectural styles and present-day cultural charm have influenced 231 Napier Street’s progressive design. In their first collaboration with Milieu, award-winning Melbourne practice, Edition Office, has taken a thoughtfully experimental approach to the architecture. Honouring heritage, process and craft, Edition Office creates a unique interpretation of Fitzroy’s residential character and celebrates both the past and the future of this quietly atmospheric golden triangle.

“We studied the materiality of Fitzroy’s historic buildings, their relief patterns, the composition of windows and doors to the façade, and the rhythm of party walls that line the streetscape,” says Aaron Roberts, director at Edition Office. “This research informed the design process from the outset creating a strong connection with the neighbouring context.”

 

 

Subtle details and materiality amplify the building’s honest character and feel. When encountered from the street, the building appears as a series of singular, raw concrete shells unashamedly stacked one upon the other. Each apartment is transformed into a vessel that offers a sense of enclosure and protection.

Upon entering the private and secure residence, visitors are greeted by an internal atrium enclosed in a perforated metal surround providing ever-changing light and air into the common spaces. The dreamlike quality of this entryway ensures each arrival and departure feels different from the last. It also acts as a filtering mechanism, obscuring the connection between public and private spaces.

Carefully sleeved within the building’s raw shell is a more tender, pale timber inner skin. This delicate timber boundary embodies luxurious simplicity, amplifying the building’s character and feel. The internal spaces are deliberately paired back, removing walls to maximise space, allowing for more free-flowing light and air, strengthening the connection to the outdoors.

Each apartment reflects a commitment to deliver genuinely liveable, timeless, and considered spaces that are designed and built to last. Key features that enhance the luxurious feel include full-height glazing allowing outside views to reinforce the sense of maximised living space, bespoke and detailed joinery with significant storage, walk-in robes, natural stone benchtops, stained timber flooring, brushed nickel tapware by Phoenix, Smeg appliances, wine fridges and fireplaces.

Milieu and Edition Office share a belief in refined simplicity and civic responsibility, creating enduring spaces of influence that enhance the neighbourhoods in which they stand. Napier Street by Milieu is exemplary of this honest connection.

The price point for 231 Napier Street range from $1.4m up to $3.5m AUD. For more information, head to Milieu website.

 

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[Renders courtesy of Milieu. Short film by Coco and Maximilian in collaboration with Studio Hi Ho, courtesy of Milieu.]

 

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