Milieu Property moves on Lygon Street's established apartment strip

Milieu Property moves on Lygon Street's established apartment strip
Milieu Property moves on Lygon Street's established apartment strip

Developer Milieu Property has stepped up in scale with their latest residential project.

Specialising in small scale developments to date with a slant toward progressive urban design, the firm has now taken 121 Lygon Street on the western side of Lygon Street to planning. Larger than the developer's previous projects, the development would be inserted into an evolving Lygon Street streetscape which over recent years has seen the completion of numerous apartment buildings.

Along for the ride is regular cohort Fieldwork who have created a design outcome very much in line with their signature look.

121 Lygon Street application summary

Milieu Property moves on Lygon Street's established apartment strip
Lygon Street hero perspective. Image: Fieldwork
  • Site area: 1,382 square metres
  • Apartments to Lygon Street, townhouses to secondary Edward Street frontage
  • 56 dwellings: 5 x 1BR, 39 x 2BR, 4 x 3BR, 8 x TH
  • Ground floor retail/cafe: 163 square metres
  • 3 basement levels: 71 vehicles and 76 private/visitor bicycle bays
  • 152 square metre rooftop terrace

Designing for Brunswick East

119A - 121 Lygon Street proposes a bold, considered residential project which responds to the evolving context of East Brunswick. The design speaks to the site’s dual interface: the active, bustling and developing Lygon Street and the finer grain residential character of Edward Street.

Through formal articulation, a considered material palette and sensitive treatment of the ground floor interface, the proposal mediates these two conditions and that speaks to both future and existing contexts.

It sets a strong, contextually responsive precedent for future development of the area which positively embraces growth.

Fieldwork design report

In a broader sense 121 Lygon Street is a continuation of Fieldwork's trademark look that has seen the firm shoot to prominence.

The townhouse component fronting Edward Street takes design cues, particularly in the brick work presentation, from other Fieldwork projects such as Ruskin Street, Clyde Street and Armadale. The taller structure fronting Lygon Street is also typical of a mid-rise Fieldwork project.

In this regard 121 Lygon Street is straight out of the Fieldword playbook, and features vertically ribbed concrete panels akin to their other designs such as Patch Apartments and 249 Queens Parade.

Milieu Property moves on Lygon Street's established apartment strip
Townhouses fronting Edward Street. Image: Fieldwork

The Lygon Street application reinforces Milieu Property's liking for Melbourne's inner northern suburbs.

Of late all of the developer's pursuits have been confined to Fitzroy, Collingwood, Brunswick and surrounding suburbs. On the tail end of Collingwood's Peel Street reaching completion, the developer's pipeline includes another Collingwood project dubbed Bedford By Milieu and Breese Street in Brunswick.

According to Milieu Property the latter project is a joint design effort between DKO Architecture and Breathe Architecture, and will include 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments with a targeted 7.5-star sustainability rating outcome.

Milieu Property moves on Lygon Street's established apartment strip
Previous Milieu and Fieldwork collaborations. Images: Fieldwork

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak was a co-founder of 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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