Yarra Point the 2014 belle of the ball

The recent HIA Victorian Housing Awards saw Yarra Point within Mirvac's Yarra's Edge precinct collect the honours for Victoria's best apartment complex 2014. With the tower's 201 apartments 100% sold, the development will go on to contest the Apartment Complex category at the national HIA awards during 2015.

The sixth tower of Mirvac's Yarra's Edge precinct, the project was launched during late 2010 with 50% subscribed at launch to Mirvac priority purchasers. The final penthouse 'Sky Residence' was sold a matter of weeks ago.

Green space enjoyed by all, including Mister Ed. Image courtesy Laurence Dragomir

With dwellings ranging from one to three bedroom apartments, plus multi-storey terrace homes offering townhouse-style living, Yarra Point was designed to offer a range of living solutions.

Significant research went into designing the building’s north-facing aspect and ensuring each and every apartment benefited from this exposure. This award is fantastic recognition of Yarra Point’s intelligent design as well as the success of the entire Yarra’s Edge precinct, which offers Melbourne’s best waterside living lifestyle, just minutes from the CBD.

Mirvac Group Executive of Residential, John Carfi

Produced by Mirvac's in-house design team, the complex includes a 300 square metre rooftop garden, residents’ lounge, gym and business centre. Taking centre stage within the two level lobby is a cluster of mature trees and garden plus bluestone paving creating a continuance from that found outside.

For those interested in seeing the internals of the 2014 HIA Housing award winner, our article from 2013 has a multitude of images of Yarra Point's level 31 suite, decked out with an Oly San Francisco made to suit interior.

Image © Mirvac

Comment

Mirvac have a reputation for delivering high quality urban developments and the quality within Yarra's Edge is no exception. Given the shape and inherent complexities of the precinct itself one wonders how the area would be judged from an urban planning and landscape perspective?

As good as Yarra Point is, equally as encouraging is the introduction of green space between waterfront and tower; a methodology that is lacking elsewhere in the precinct and may to a degree aid in the general lack of foot traffic in the area.

Long and thin, the precinct is bound at present by industrial use to the south and water to the north; the forthcoming Fishermans Bend precinct should aid in generating increased foot traffic into Yarra's Edge. Will they like what they see on the ground plane though?

Precinct-wide questions aside Urban Melbourne has walked through Yarra Point; it's totally understandable that the project is this year's recipient of the HIA honour.

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Bilby's picture

I fish down there quite often - it's very productive in that sense! But it's still rather bleak, lacking in shade trees and very windswept, from a pedestrian point of view. Also, there are few shops and it's hard to actually get right up to the water, which is odd, given that it is supposed to be water front. I don't think I'd want to live there right now, anyway, despite the great fishing!

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