Samma Group set for $300 million mixed-use Ivanhoe apartment development, Samma Place

The first residential part of Samma Place is Linden, a collection of 134 apartments, in the first of four buildings on Bell Street
Samma Group set for $300 million mixed-use Ivanhoe apartment development, Samma Place
The first of four buildings at Samma Place. Image supplied
Joel Robinson September 13, 2021

The Melbourne developer Samma Property Group are embarking on their flagship Ivanhoe development, Samma Place, after spending the last two to three years planning out the community.

The first residential part of Samma Place is Linden, a collection of 134 apartments, in the first of four buildings on Bell Street.

There will be four buildings in total, with Linden Apartments located in Building A, starting from $435,000 for the one-bedroom apartments.

Samma, founded by Sam Abdelmalak in 1995 and led by Sam's sons Joshua, Daniel and Simon, has engaged the award-winning architecture, interior and urban planning firm, Peddle Thorp, to design the building, introducing lush greenery into its wider surrounds.

Private landscaped balconies will look across to the Melbourne skyline. 

The communal terrace on Level 10 is a highlight at Linden, comprising an outdoor BBQ and inside dining area, along with a spa and sundeck.

Samma's development director Benjamin Cribb, who has led the project, said he's looking forward to testing out the outdoor cinema.

"I think when the whole project is finished, it will be a really defining change to Ivanhoe", Cribb said.

Cribb said that Linden stands out for its large apartments, designed to meet Better Apartment Design Standards (BADS) and 4-Star GreenStar rating, complemented with cutting-edge design and meticulous landscaping.

“Our brief ensures Linden has its own identity with each apartment designed as a ‘backyard in the sky’, synthesizing the Australian backyard with contemporary apartments," Cribb said.

"The concept positions living environments and outside spaces as places of comfort and repose, allowing nature to take centre stage.”

Linden residents will arrive via a private sheltered driveway leading to a hotel-inspired and porte cochère, framed by hanging gardens by landscapers MALA Studio, who were behind the parkland setting for Amanda Levete's 2015 MPavilion.

“Landscaping is also a direct response to the current experience and feel of Bell Street. We want to bring the Ivanhoe lushness to the buildings, at the human interfaces with the built form — in lobbies, on balconies, in podium areas — and also the street,” said Cribb.

In addition to apartments, Linden will also be home to nearly 1,000 square metres of commercial space, with subsequent stages proposed to include a grocery store, café and offices, offering infinite potential for local business and as a vibrant community.

Demolition is currently underway, with construction soon to commence for an early 2023 completion.

Cribb said that Linden is Samma Property Group’s flagship project as it embodies the core values and vision of the group.

“Our founder’s vision was to design and build using only the finest materials, creating a product that he and his family would be proud to call their own,” Cribb said.

About the developer

Samma Property Group was founded in 1995. Within a few years Samma have gained a reputation for exceptional quality and progressed to building extraordinary, luxury homes.

They then applied the same attention to detail with apartment developments, setting a new standard for product quality and customer service. Today, Samma has finished over 40 major projects with a significant pipeline in planning and construction, they apply the same passion and commitment in every project.

Samma’s mission statement “Improving life in the city of tomorrow.” Is to make a positive difference in people’s lives no matter where the project is. When you walk into a Samma development, everything comes together in an instant to form an unforgettable first impression – that it is a wonderful place to live.

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is the Editor in Chief at, managing Urban's editorial team and creating the largest news cycle for the off the plan property market in the country. Joel has been writing about residential real estate for nearly a decade, following a degree in Business Management with a major in Journalism at Leeds Beckett University in England. He specializes in off the plan apartments, and has a particular interest in the development application process for new projects.

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