South Yarra's Chapel Street hut site set for conversion

South Yarra's Chapel Street hut site set for conversion
South Yarra's Chapel Street hut site set for conversion

Franzé Developments and Sampieri Group have submitted approval to transform the Chapel Street huts site near the Temperance Hotel into a $55 million mixed-use development.

The site at 430-438 Chapel Street in South Yarra is around 800 square metres in size and was purchased off market in late 2017.

The joint venture proposal includes a pocket park in Bray Street.

The proposed project has been designed to provide amenity to residents and the immediate community through its ground level activation on both Chapel Street and Bray Street.

Designed by Aspect Studios, the proposed pocket park on Bray Street is intended to be a functional and flexible public space with seating, green infrastructure and a water sensitive design, ideal for community and potential food and beverage use.

Paul Franzé, founder and managing director of Franzé Developments, says the proposed design will provide an engaging contribution to the iconic shopping and dining mecca for years to come.

“This project will form an important part of the ongoing development of the Chapel Street precinct which is going through vital progression and change with the recent announcements regarding the redevelopment of the Jam Factory and former Spotlight sites,” says Franzé.

“The site has the benefits of two significantly different streetscapes which make it a really exciting project. The Chapel Street interface will provide a more traditional retail and food and beverage offering, aiming to attract premium tenants which will help improve the overall quality of the pedestrian experience and promote further patronage.”

The retention of the heritage façade to the northwest of the site has provided an opportunity to distinguish two unique retail tenancies and the podium façade has taken design cues from neighboring buildings, responding to the visual language of the streetscape.

A five-level podium to Bray Street hugs the tower form, creating the illusion of three interlocking components and the soft and monochromatic façade is a considered and sensitive transition between the neighbouring contemporary and traditional structures.

The project is anticipated to launch in late 2018, with construction scheduled to commence shortly after.

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