A holistic design ethos lands in Fairfield

A holistic design ethos lands in Fairfield
Mark BaljakAugust 7, 2018

Radiology professional turner property developer is perhaps not the most trodden career path, yet it has influenced a new apartment development designed with a holistic approach.

Health, happiness and family living are at the core of Fairfield's No.71 station Street. 32 year old developer Vincent Sun who heads Osten has left his medical career behind and is about to launch the development which consists of 13 oversized apartments.

Cheah Saw Architecture were brought on for design duties; Eugene Cheah was formerly with Bates Smart and is in part responsible for luxury apartment developments such as 35 Spring Street. Under the Cheah Saw Architecture guise, both practice and developer now are pursuing a string of modestly sized yet highly considered residential projects across Melbourne.

A holistic design ethos lands in Fairfield
Cheah Saw Architecture's exterior expression

Key to the common stance taken by the pair is the want to design residences with space, light and nature as necessities.

Vincent Sun's stance on design stems from the belief "that we only have one life so we have to enjoy it and share it.” The idea of holistic wellness through design grew upon the now developer during his previous profession, spurned by long hours and excessive time away from family.

“We cannot compromise a home, I am focused on trying to make a better life, and home is the place where the majority of our memories happen. This is so important to us at Osten and we spend more money, effort and time creating quality, well designed homes for people to truly appreciate.”

Essentially Vincent Sun via Osten is determined to create "comprehensively designed spaces, infused with natural light, and surrounded by nature. Families and people of all ages are given plenty of space too; there is room for kids, parents and grandparents."

The Fairfield result is new residential buildings consisting of 13 oversized 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Two bedroom apartments range up to 102 square metres internally, with three bedrooms apartments peaking at 145 square metres internally.

A holistic design ethos lands in Fairfield
No.71 Station's side perspective

On No.71 Station's design, Eugene Cheah states “We are endeavouring to use a heavy material in a light way through considered design. The outcome is a filigree."

Spanning four storeys, the project's exterior presents as a stacked form dominated by concrete and metal framing.

It is the interior layout and finishes that Osten hopes will distinguish their projects from others from a design perspective. Light and space are paramount for living spaces, as is privacy; John Patrick-designed landscaped gardens will frame apartment views.

In design parlance "the ample light highlights the tactility of the natural finishes, whilst the generosity of the space, ensures that all finishing details, while understated, are noticed, centre stage."

No.71 Station will also feature photographic artist Derek Henderson's work, providing a visual essay of Fairfield’s culture, environment and street life.

A holistic design ethos lands in Fairfield
No.71 Station's envisaged interior

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak was a co-founder of Urban.com.au. He passed away on Thursday 8th of November 2018 after a battle with cancer. He was 37. Mark was a keen traveller, having visited all six permanently-inhabited continents and had a love of craft beer. One of his biggest passions was observing the change that has occurred in Melbourne over the past two decades. In that time he built an enormous library of photos, all taken by him, which tracked the progress of construction on building sites from across metropolitan Melbourne.

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