Architecture Trends in Melbourne for 2015

May 19, 2015

As we witness the gentrification of Melbourne's inner city suburbs, blocks of land and properties available are becoming smaller and smaller. In-turn, this has led to an influx of smarter interior designs and architectural trends. We had a look into what we think are some of the biggest trends to impact the property scene this year.

The Office-Residential Conversion

Well-located and beautifully proportioned warehouses and factories located within Melbourne’s inner-city suburbs have been a popular outlet for renovation for smart homebuyers for some time now. But with the large number of beautiful old Federation and Art Deco style buildings in Melbourne, the office conversion is one of the latest commercial-residential renovations to take over.

The trend started in Melbourne CBD in the late 1980s, but due to lack of car parking available did not take off. But in todays modern city living, public transport has been improved and commuters are more inclined to walk or ride a bike rather than own a car. Other influences on renovations include TV shows such as The Block Glasshouse, which saw renovation of a small glass façade office building in South Melbourne.

Shop-Top Living

Providing the perfect location for young homeowners, shop-top living is close to public transport, shops, bars and busy inner-city life. There have been increased opportunities recently for residential living in suburban retail buildings due to factors such as the increase of online shopping and large-scale shopping malls. Not only are these spaces convenient, but they also provide beautiful vintage buildings, often with wide frontages, large rooms with period features and back-lane entries (which we think are pretty damn cool).

The Modernist Renaissance

Modernist makeovers are taking major influences from mid-century modern-inspired design and design pieces. With iconic Australian architects such as Harry Seidler, Walter Burley Griffin and Robin boyd and the more famous international influences such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, the style proves both timeless and well suited to the modern Australian lifestyle.

Modern Heritage

For a feature that we once would have considered a hindrance when buying or selling a Victorian or Edwardian property, heritage listed details are now significant selling points in modern Melbourne homes. While a heritage listed home can require more work and costs when it comes to maintenance and repair, the details and ornate features can add significant value to properties that have been modernised internally. Period features can set houses apart from others for sale in a highly competitive property market.

A prime example of beautiful heritage combined with modern residential design is East Melbourne house by Zoe Geyer Architect. The 126-year-old building has been transformed (with the help of a very flexible client) into a building of substance, great solidity and presence.

Reference: Domain

Image reference: LJ Hooker, Katrina Lee Chambers, Mitula, Sydney Living Museums, Architecture AU

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