The Nicholson

High quality affordable housing where the architectural form directly responds to both the site and brief, and the emphasis is on social and environmental sustainability. Stepped forms and fine grain articulation help the development of 199 residential units transition from medium-density housing into a semi suburban streetscape, with apartments clustered and stacked around a shared common green.

A mixed–tenure financial model includes 110 privately owned units with 89 apartments for social housing and affordable rental. The building activates the street edge with retail and commercial tenancies for daytime activity.

Its offset building height promotes access to natural light, ventilation and views, and landscape opportunities without extensive ground plane remediation. It is also used for and variable heights to transition between the neighbourhood and the site, from housing to retail and commercial activity.

  • CLIENT

    Places Victoria

  • LOCATION

    East Coburg, Victoria

  • YEAR

    2011

  • SCALE

    5,400 sqm

  • VALUE

    $80 million

  • PROJECT LEADERSHIP
    Stephen Webb Cameron Smith Heidi Lee
  • COLLABORATORS

    Landscape Architecture – AECOM

    ESD Consultant – Sustainable Development Consultants 

    Structural Engineering – Robert Bird Group

    Builder – Hickory / Unitise Building

    Access Consultant – MGAC

  • PHOTOGRAPHY

    Dianna Snape

The stepped building form achieves the goal of maximising northern sun to individual apartments and shared public space.

Stephen Webb, Design Director 113_stephen-webb.jpg

As part of the project’s innovation, modular apartment units were manufactured and prefinished off site, then delivered and interlocked into position. Sustainability measures include passive design to maximise solar access and cross ventilation, greywater reuse and solar panels.

Residences include seven studio apartments, 125 one-bedroom apartments and 67 two-bedroom apartments. The social dimension is emphasised in the mix of shared open landscaped spaces and a legible hierarchy of private and public and access points.

A very committed team that was focused on design excellence delivered this project, in the face of some complex external factors.

Peter Burke, Places Victoria

A very committed team that was focused on design excellence delivered this project, in the face of some complex external factors.

Peter Burke, Places Victoria

Anthony Quan

DirectorSydney

Anthony Quan

DirectorSydney
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Christon Batey-Smith

DirectorMelbourne

Christon Batey-Smith

DirectorMelbourne
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Richard Stafford

Managing DirectorAdelaide

Richard Stafford

Managing DirectorAdelaide
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Ian Armstrong

DirectorSydney

Ian Armstrong

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Rohan Wilson

DirectorMelbourne

Rohan Wilson

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Richard Does

DirectorSydney

Richard Does

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Stephen Webb

Design DirectorMelbourne

Stephen Webb

Design DirectorMelbourne
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Sandeep Amin

Managing DirectorSydney

Sandeep Amin

Managing DirectorSydney
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Ben Zoontjens

Associate DirectorAdelaide

Ben Zoontjens

Associate DirectorAdelaide
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Daniel Walton

PrincipalPerth

Daniel Walton

PrincipalPerth
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Adrian Doohan

Senior AssociateMelbourne

Adrian Doohan

Senior AssociateMelbourne
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George Wong

PrincipalSydney

George Wong

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Sally Brincat

Senior AssociateMelbourne

Sally Brincat

Senior AssociateMelbourne
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Cathryn Drew-Bredin

PrincipalSydney

Cathryn Drew-Bredin

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Garth Davies

PrincipalSydney

Garth Davies

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Darryl Suttie

Senior AssociateMelbourne

Darryl Suttie

Senior AssociateMelbourne
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Mary Anne McGirr

PrincipalSydney

Mary Anne McGirr

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Heidi Lee

Associate Strategic ProjectsMelbourne

Heidi Lee

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Jane Sayers

Associate, DesignMelbourne

Jane Sayers

Associate, DesignMelbourne
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Ben Luppino

AssociateAdelaide

Ben Luppino

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Cameron Smith

AssociateMelbourne

Cameron Smith

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Cheryl Vandenberg

AssociateAdelaide

Cheryl Vandenberg

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Craig Tonkin

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Craig Tonkin

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Jacqueline Urford

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Jacqueline Urford

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Kieran Leong

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Kieran Leong

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Maria Rigoli

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Maria Rigoli

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Megan Walker

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Megan Walker

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Michelle Harris

AssociateMelbourne

Michelle Harris

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Peter Cove

AssociateAdelaide

Peter Cove

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Peter Hardy

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Peter Hardy

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Sandor Duzs

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Sandor Duzs

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Sonya Montgomerie

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Sonya Montgomerie

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Stewart Bradley

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Stewart Bradley

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