Habitat Abbotsford is a limited release of apartments designed with liveability in mind. Whether in your home or community, exploring the city or nature, being active or taking time out, these are homes for people who seek balance.
An iconic entry column recalls the heroism of mid-century modernism.
Local developer Tripet and ITN architects have created this space with the following elements in mind.
The central courtyard is filled with climbing fig, wild iris and flax lily that will uplift and inspire inhabitants. This central space will allow for cross-flow ventilation across and through the building, giving each home access to light and air. From the jasmine-scented entry to edible plants and herbs on the rooftop – plants will imbue this place with beautiful sights and smells.
Let Air In
A central courtyard will provide cross-flow ventilation through each apartment, reducing the need for air conditioning. Double-glazed operable windows will keep sound out but also allow for natural ventilation. In the carpark, there will be a sensor-driven ventilation system.
The rooftop and courtyard gardens will be irrigated with underground rainwater tanks.
Use Mindful Materials
Sustainably-sourced, rapidly-renewable and pesticide-free bamboo flooring is used in all living spaces. Low-VOC paint and recyclable materials will help to improve air quality and lower material wastage.
There will be dedicated bike storage for each apartment as well as spots for visitors.
Power in Numbers
An embedded power network will reduce power costs for each resident and the owners corporation, connecting residents to a free monitoring portal to help track energy use on a daily basis.
Balcony overhangs for all north, west and east facing apartments will provide natural shade and improve energy efficiency.
Harness The Sun
Solar panels will be installed on the rooftop feeding into the embedded network, allowing each resident to access green power at no extra cost.
Turn It Down
Energy-efficient warm LED globes will be fitted inside and outside each apartment, with common area lighting installed with sensors.
Charge Your Ride
Vehicle charging stations will be available in the carpark for electric cars.
Onsite waste and recycling management services will be available.
Habitat’s interiors are designed with quality, comfort and consideration in mind. A choice of finishes are available in the kitchen and bathroom and options such as blinds can be added to the apartments. Fixtures and fittings are fresh and functional such as rainwater shower heads and built-in wardrobes. Living spaces feature sustainably sourced bamboo flooring that is durable and good for the earth.
Kitchens are open-plan spaces to entertain with ample lighting and a mirrored kickboard to create a floating effect.
Gather fresh, local produce at the Collingwood Children’s farmers market or Abbotsford Convent slow food market. Bring home goats cheese from Castlemaine, crumbed artichokes from Werribee or mushrooms from Yarra Glen. Prepare at home in your well-lit kitchen and garnish with fresh herbs from the rooftop garden.
ITN Architects is an architectural practice established in 1996 based in Collingwood. They operate with a strong local focus and a sphere of influence that extends to projects across Australia and beyond. A commitment to sustainable design is evident in their deployment of innovative technology and unique designs. Their work demonstrates a keen spirit of exploration as is evident in projects such as the End to End Building in Easey St Collingwood; Lido Cinema in Hawthorn and District apartments in Fitzroy.
District Apartments, Fitzroy
“The facade presents as a series of interlocking copper and concrete links, each with a singular identity that combine to form a textured woven fabric greater than the sum of its parts.”
– Zvi Belling on the design of Habitat, ITN architects
All cosmopolitan cities in the world have been afforded the benefits of apartment living. Peta Lewis of Tripet has lived in apartments for living closer together encourages thoughtfulness and consideration.
Developer: Top Capital Group
Top Capital Group is led by Forest Tang, an entrepreneur with extensive experience in construction, and Carlos Tang whose background is in commerce. Together they have a passion for property and are focused on funding property projects across Australia, United Kingdom and Hong Kong.
Sales: Castran Gilbert
Founded upon extraordinary vision more than 30 years ago, Castran Gilbert has made its mark as one of Melbourne’s most powerful real estate brands. The agency has established an enviable track record encompassing all aspects of the business from established residential and large-scale project marketing, to auctioneering and property management.
Relentless in our pursuit of excellence, Castran Gilbert continues to outperform its competitors and break new ground across Melbourne and Victoria at large.
Design: Local Peoples
Local Peoples believe that the most powerful brands put people at the core of everything they do. This is why they use a human-centred design approach for all of their projects. With the recent successful launch of the 122 Roseneath St communication and brand strategy, Local Peoples are continuing their passion for small footprint living by partnering with like-minded developers.
Visualisation: Large Arts
Large Arts is a locally based architectural visualisation studio that works with developers, agencies and architects. They specialise in styling and creating exceptional 3D renders for boutique, well-designed developments. Large Arts takes the time to understand projects, crafting images that respond to a project’s vision, identity and market.
Illustration: Antra Švarcs
Antra Švarcs is a Melbourne-based illustrator and multidisciplinary creative. Antra works out of her Collingwood studio and has sourced inspiration from the surrounding spaces and places in the inner north for her unique Habitat illustrations.