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8 Apr 2019 / News
Community-led design from an architect and resident’s perspective

122 Roseneath St. – a mixed-use project developed in collaboration between ICON, Assemble and Wulff Projects – has now seen residents settle into their new Clifton Hill community.  Here we speak to one of the new residents of 122 Roseneath St., Briony Massie, who is uniquely qualified to talk about the project, having designed it herself.

An Associate at Fieldwork, the practice that designed the Clifton Hill community at 122 Roseneath St., Massie is now also a resident, and has recently moved into a one-bedroom apartment there with her partner.

The project – a mix of apartments and townhouses – took an industry-leading approach to human-centered design, consulting with potential purchasers in a series of design presentations and surveys held before construction began.

According to Briony, this approach is far from common in an industry of off-the-plan developments.

“At the public presentations, people were well informed about apartment buildings and design, so it was nice to hear a lot of questions about ESD (environmentally sustainable design), for example.

“It was great to talk to people about their apartment plans. Everyone had a wide variety of ideas about their perfect design and layout,” says Briony.

Now that she has moved into the development, Briony’s two favourite design features of her new home are the flexible sliding doors which connects the bedroom to the balcony and living area, and the open-plan kitchen due to its ease of use.

Briony and her partner moved from a larger apartment in St Kilda East. At 59 square meters, her new one-bedroom apartment at 122 Roseneath St. has created several positive lifestyle changes.

“Moving into this apartment has been really positive; I don’t think our lifestyle has been compromised in any way by having slightly less space. It’s really easy to tidy up, or to come home and cook dinner. It’s nice to be so central to everything, too,” she says.

“Choosing an apartment makes it possible for us to live close to the city, to the Yarra and to all that opens up. It becomes an extension of your living space. We’ll now go for a walk down to the Yarra or connect to the bike trail. You get that amenity when you downsize and get to live closer.”

Design quality also matters and, Briony believes, is its own form of sustainability.

“As long as you’re living in something that’s robust, has good finishes and is going to last, then it is contributing to our well-being and quality of life,– it’s simply good living.”

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