Flexibility is an important ingredient in functional home design. Today’s home should not only be a place we like to work in, but a place where we can cross off as many activities as possible. Places to relax, spend time outdoors and get active.
Far from being hampered by this new and longer wish list, apartment developers are jumping on board with an impressive range of facilities.
At R.Iconic, a double set of towers to be erected on the South Melbourne Island area bordering Normanby Road, Boundary Street, Woodgate Street and Infinity Drive, the list of facilities must be seen to be believed.
The health, fitness and wellness facilities range from an 18-meter heated pool to a 300-meter running track, from a virtual golf course to a Zen garden.
Under the heading “social connecting spaces” are dining pavilions, a whiskey lounge, a fire pit and a private cinema. The store premises will have a supermarket and a deli-cafe.
Then there is a co-working hub, innovation laboratory, media room and meeting area.
But perhaps the most appealing feature is the diversity of garden and green zones by the famous landscape gardener Paul Bangay. When combined with the many outdoor facilities, Bangay says the gardens would probably be as attractive as the interiors of the buildings.
“When designing a garden, it’s very easy to make a beautiful garden, but I think one of the challenges is to make a garden that people will use,” he says.
“Especially in these high-rise buildings, there is a tendency for people to just sit in their apartments and then go down the street to shop.
“But to actually lure people into the gardens, you have to give them as many facilities as possible and make the garden as beautiful as possible.
“Incorporating all of these recreational spaces is a big plus for me, not a challenge.”
Accountant Melanie Tong bought a 12-story one-bedroom apartment with a studio on the development that will be close to her family in the western suburbs and her work in the city. She took advantage of the First Home Owner Grant and the HomeBuilder incentive.
“I looked at the borrowing rate and I found that I could afford it with the current benefits,” she said.
“The developer also gave us a lot of benefits, so that’s what I was thinking when I got it.”
At first glance
253-273 Normanby Road, South Melbourne
Architect: Specialist architects guided by R.Corporation design team
Developer: R. Corporation
Interior design: R. Corporation
Number of dwellings: Step 1, 456: 40 en-seng; 195 bed plus study; 151 two-bed, two-bath; six twin beds, one bath; 59 three-bed, two-bath; five three-bed, 2.5 bath. 2nd stage: 388 apartments and terraced houses and 146 hotel rooms.
Interior sizes (sqm): A bed 50-56; en-seng plus study 50-59.4; two-bed, one bath 60.7-87; two-bed, two-bath 68.5-178; three-bed, two bath 83.9-224
Prices: Step 1: one-bed $ 507,000- $ 642,500; to-sengs $ 708,000- $ 987,500; three-bed $ 975,000-
$ 1.26 million
Closing estimate: 2022
Agent: Colliers International, 1300 970 650
Open for inspection: By appointment only at R.Corporation Flagship Store, 367 Collins Street, Melbourne