Inside Neometro’s signature-style lofts at Brunswick’s Nine Wilson Avenue

Lofts are a key part of Neometro projects, and while the approach to them has evolved over time, their large volumes, flexible spaces and enduring design has remained consistent.
Inside Neometro’s signature-style lofts at Brunswick’s Nine Wilson Avenue
Looking out from a Nine Wilson Ave loft
Alison Warters March 22, 2022

Designed by Neometro’s long standing collaborators, MAArchitects, and local landscape designers Mud Office, Nine Wilson Ave comprises two and three-bedroom apartments, as well as Neometro’s signature lofts, which are one-bedroom style and an early Neometro concept, which goes back to 1998 when they designed and developed Luxe on St Kilda's Inkerman Street.

With space, flexibility, volume and light at the core of their design, Neometro lofts are unique, robust and highly adaptable for both residential or commercial use. As part of Neometro's brief to MAArchitects, it was important to ensure there were opportunities for the spaces to be adapted as resident's needs changed overtime. This is a key sustainability value of Neometro's - buy once, buy well. 

When designing the building, the developers sought out ways to ensure the spaces suited residents needs over a long course of time. Lofts are a key part of Neometro projects, and while the approach to them has evolved over time, they’ve always been essential to the topology of Neometro’s buildings. With space, flexibility, volume and light at the core of their design, Neometro lofts are unique, robust and highly adaptable.

Loft 108 is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom residence, with 56 sqm internally and an eight sqm, city-facing terrace. The bathroom and kitchen are located in a central pod within the loft, with a built-in wardrobe designed to position the bedroom at the entrance.

Full-height glass-sliding doors open up to the terrace, encouraging cross-flow ventilation and a strong connection to the outdoors. 

Neometro lofts are designed specifically to give the resident flexibility in layout. Neometro and MAArchitects have drawn a suggestion for each loft to help purchasers visualise the spaces potential. In the case of Loft 108, they have utilised the city-side of the loft for both the living and dining areas. 

Loft 110 is 44 sqm internally, accompanied by a nine sqm, city-facing terrace. The bathroom is adjacent to the entrance, with the kitchen and pantry space on the opposite wall.

The suggested layout for the loft locates the living space alongside the full-height glass-sliding doors to the terrace, with the open-plan allowing natural light to filter throughout.

The loft is a studio-style dwelling with one-bathroom, priced at $425,000.

Loft 112 is one-bedroom and one-bathroom, with an internal footprint of just over 55 sqm. With an asking price of $475,000 the loft also features an eight sqm, city-facing terrace. This loft has an internal entry corridor which leads into the rest of the residence. 

The kitchen and bathroom are centrally located, with the suggested layout orienting the living space near the terrace, with the bedroom at the opposite end of the dual-aspect dwelling.

All interiors are designed to function well and provide comfort over many years, with emphasis on the contemporary considerations of natural light, cross-flow ventilation, thermal efficiency and spatial flexibility.

Both the design and material palette are guided by more than 30 years of testing and refinement to create apartments that wear in, not out. With a facade defined by a striking red concrete finish, the design utilises texture, repetition, depth and shadow to create its own distinct identity within its Jewell Station Village surroundings.

In close proximity to Princes Park and Royal Park, the development forms part of the Moreland City Council’s plan to improve the streetscape of Wilson Avenue between Sydney Road and Jewell Station. This means residents within the precinct will have improved access to public transport and Brunswick’s hospitality and retail offerings.

Alison Warters

Alison Warters is a property journalist for Urban, based in Sydney. Alison is especially interested in the evolution of the New Build/Development space, when it comes to design innovation and sustainability.

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