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Herald Living Apartments

Location:
Melbourne
Type:
Apartment
Year:
2006
Architect:
Hassell
Photographer:
Shannon McGrath

Although all existing columns and beams have been retained, the key to our design intent was that the new, while respecting the old, makes no attempt to become a part of it. Consequently, no fit-out elements touch or interfere with the original facade. Creating smaller containers within the larger volume, all new interior elements are clearly articulated as individual insertions. Our solution is based on the notion of living simultaneously in the best aspects of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The iconic Herald & Weekly Times building on the corner of Flinders and Exhibition Street was home to Melbourne's largest circulating daily newspaper from 1926-1997. Now, as The Herald Living Apartments, the building has been transformed into 61 apartments over four levels. In deference to the building's landmark status, the redevelopment is all about spacious volumes and quality finishes, appealing to the owner-occupier. The result is more akin to the image of the 'New York Loft' - large, prominently located and more boutique than utilitarian in fitout.

Transforming the majestic Melbourne icon, the Herald and Weekly Times building, into spaces for luxury living. Herald Living offers a rare opportunity to reside within a piece of Melbourne's heritage, to breath new life into the grand neo classical forms of the former Herald and Weekly Times building; its façade and elegant interior spaces holding many stories that mark the city's evolution.

The iconic building on the corner of Flinders and Exhibition Streets was once occupied by the city's largest circulating daily newspaper from 1923-1995. Now, the building has been transformed into 56 spacious apartments over four levels, known as ‘Herald Living', developed by Australian Super Developments [ASD]. According to the design team at HASSELL, in deference to the building's landmark status, the redevelopment is all about spacious volumes and quality finishes, appealing to the owner-occupier.

The interiors offers a contemporary and luxurious living environment for people seeking the South East precinct of Melbourne's CBD as a home base, with everything at their fingertips - fine dining establishments and boutique shops, galleries, bars, cinemas, and gardens. The apartments' living spaces are designed for entertaining in style; bedrooms for comfort; bathrooms for relaxing. Finishes are neutral, but rich. “The former Herald and Weekly Times building is one of the few Beaux Arts buildings in Melbourne, with a façade that is heritage listed. The redevelopment has revealed and restored many of the original elements, meshing the old with the new. Existing columns and beams have been retained, and all new elements are inserted into the historic facade. Internal partitions and joinery elements stop short of touching the existing fabric and are clearly articulated as individual insertions. The careful placement of these new elements create smaller spaces within the larger volume.

Ceiling heights vary from 3.3 metres to 4.7 metres, allowing for large and naturally lit living spaces to be located around the building's perimeter. No two apartments are alike, each vary in size and dimension. Ceiling heights in private and circulation spaces, such as bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways, are condensed in order to emphasise the impressive proportions of the living spaces.

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