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Alexa Residences

Elegant minimalism inspired by rolled gold site

THE IDEA

Mount Alexander Road, Essendon was a major gateway to the goldfields in Gold Rush-era Melbourne. We drew inspiration from the elevated site’s rich history, geology and views to create a bold, elegant development that raises the bar for multi-residential apartment design in the area.


THE SOLUTION

Alexa occupies a prime hilltop site straddling two of Essendon’s main boulevards. Our striking, seven-storey design capitalises on spectacular city views from the south and east and rear access for residents to lovely Cliff Allison Park.

Alexa delivers 89 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and two upper-level penthouses cleverly set back to almost disappear from the street below. The design response references the Gold Rush and stratification and layering of rock, and uses elegant, curved forms to soften bulk. 

Lower levels are defined by long, sculptural bands that reference movement at street level. Upper levels are clad in spectacular bronze mesh, which changes in tone with light and weather. Generous balconies offer contrasting perspectives.

Internally, minimalist interiors showcase spectacular views over the city, park or, in the case of upper-level penthouses, impressive 360-degree panoramas. The materials palette is elegant and understated. It features quality joinery, light oak floors and fixtures of raw brass that echo the perforated bronze exterior.


THE IMPACT

Alexa is one of Essendon’s largest and most distinctive multi-residential projects. It raises the benchmark for apartment design in this historic pocket of Melbourne’s north-west with a bold contemporary design that pays subtle homage to its rich past. 

The clever design solution eschews bulk and delivers instead smart setbacks and soft curves. High quality, understated interiors deliver beautiful finishes and gorgeous views. A rear entrance integrates the development seamlessly with its neighbouring park.

ADDRESS

1050 Mt Alexander Road, Essendon VIC 3040

STATUS

Complete

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