Pellicano drops in as Mirabella opts out of Moreland

Pellicano drops in as Mirabella opts out of Moreland
Pellicano drops in as Mirabella opts out of Moreland

Pellicano Group is the latest developer to embrace the 'Brunswick movement' toward super sustainable, highly design-driven apartment projects.

During June plans for 212-214 Albion Street were lodged with City of Moreland for an eight storey predominantly apartment building designed by Six Degrees Architects. The 1,530 square metre site sold for $5.8 million during mid 2017, and is now being offered on a short term lease with an eye toward becoming an a pop-up or overflow space.

Pellicano Group though intends to realise 66 apartments over time onsite, with two buildings of eight and six levels containing one and two bedroom apartments alongside a limited number of lofts.

It is through the appointment of Six Degrees Architects which is a boost to 212-214 Albion Street's design credentials. The practice conceived the now under construction Nightingale 2 in Fairfield, and also counts Brunswick's 211-213 Sydney Road as one of its more recent designs.

Design highlights for the Albion Street proposal include naturally cross-ventilated apartments, over 400 square metres of communal space, a communal food production area and an average apartment Star rating of 7.1. recently highlighted the shift in design ethos across a number of apartments projects in Brunswick and adjoining Brunswick East. The arrival of The Commons as the area's prototype for high quality, sustainable design has effectively set the benchmark for ensuing projects, of which 212-214 Albion Street is now one.

Pellicano drops in as Mirabella opts out of Moreland
Materials palette and intended outcome. Planning image: Six Degrees

Meanwhile in neighbouring Brunswick East, suburb stalwart Mirabella is set to move from its Lygon Street premises after more that 40 years at 141-153 Lygon Street.

Their lighting and travel businesses onsite will move on after Buchan Group was commissioned to create a new residential outcome for the 2,137 square metre parcel. Documents for the proposal were lodged with Moreland City Council earlier in the year.

19 single, 51 double and 4 triple bedroom and 4 penthouse apartments options are included, as is 907 square metres of retail space above 2 basement levels. The $25 million design includes a rooftop terrace above 15,225 square metres of built form.

Mirabella's bid to repurpose 141-153 Lygon Street is in addition to a swag of other apartment projects nearby.

Pellicano drops in as Mirabella opts out of Moreland
Lygon Street perspective. Planning image: Buchan Group

The unveiling of both planning applications sees the Project Database count for a combined Brunswick and Brunswick East balloon to 68.

21 projects across both suburbs are at planning, a further 23 stand approved, 12 are at sales whilst a further 12 are under construction. With only 18% of projects across both suburbs in delivery, a further 56 apartment projects are waiting in the wings.

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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