ICD Property, ANGLE and Buxton Group launch Maple Hawthorn

Valued at $30 million, Maple Hawthorn is a freshly launched residential project located at 121 Power Street Hawthorn. A joint collaboration between ICD Property, ANGLE and Buxton Group, Maple was officially launched last week at the onsite display suite.

The 6-storey building comprises 51 apartments - 24 x one, 24 x two and 3 x three-bedroom - and has been designed by Stokes Architects with interiors firm Studio You and Me plus landscape designers Urban Commons also on board. ANGLE has over the years gained experience and built a track-record in developing in the Hawthorn area, following the success of its previous development, Luton Lane, which holds the same design team.

Maple's proximity to cafes, boutique shops, parklands and schools, along with Hawthorn Train Station and the Yarra River Trail - all within walking distance - is all part of the appeal of living in the area.

The display located within the existing building

Some people like to socialise, some do not. Some want to stow away their collections, others want to show them off. Some people like sunlight, others have watched Twilight a few too many times. That’s why Maple is one building with many interpretations.

Whether you want to be one of the lucky bastards who gets their mitts on these apartments, or you just want to indulge in some sneaky architecture porn, you can find out more about the project here.

ANGLE website

ANGLE Director, Lachie Gibson, said Maple Hawthorn is a joint venture project with respected Melbourne based developers, Buxton Group and ICD Property, and presents the best of true contemporary apartment living.

“Imagine a lifestyle where you are in the heart of all of the action – Maple delivers the perfect combination of location, amenity and contemporary design into one statement building. Savvy buyers won’t underestimate this prime location with its opportunity to gain entry into this highly sought after suburb with all of the essentials already at your doorstep,” said Gibson.

The bronzed façade is dynamic, featuring aluminium louvers that can slide open while upper levels, finished with a white terracotta material, are carefully set back to enhance privacy. A namesake Japanese maple tree will be planted in the communal garden, that will gradually transform and evolve through the seasons just as will the building’s façade over the years.

Artist's impressions of a flexible living space. Image courtesy

Flexible internal living spaces are a project highlight. By simply opening or closing a sliding door, the apartment spaces can be transformed into a dining room, study, spare bedroom or kids play space, depending on the needs of residents.

“Many homebuyers today look for flexibility in floorplans and this simple yet clever design consideration carefully reconfigures the living space for the resident’s everyday needs,” said Gibson.

With views across Melbourne’s skyline, Maple is oriented toward a north-westerly aspect ensuring light penetration to apartments. The interior fitout includes custom joinery pieces commissioned for this project only; oak flooring, kitchens and island benches included. “Small optional inclusions such as a bath can make a big difference to a buyer’s decision to embrace apartment living so we’re opening this up to a greater range of buyers, especially growing families for whom baths are an incredibly important feature in a home,” said Gibson.

Maple display suite launch.

A retail space will be situated at ground level, offering an active interface with the street while car parking has been isolated to the basement. Construction of Maple Hawthorn is scheduled to commence from mid-2015 while the Maple Hawthorn display suite will officially open its doors to the public from Saturday 11 April.

In the course of attending the display suite, Urban Melbourne sat down for a chat with ICD Property Director of Operations and Development Manager, Sal Quah and ANGLE Director Lachie Gibson. Look out for that piece in coming days.​


Fedsquared's picture

How old is the existing building on the site? I'm not familiar with it but it looks like it would be a shame to lose it.

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Bilby's picture

Some people like heritage buildings, some do not. Some want to retain the history of place, others want to erase it. Some people like adaptive reuse, others have drunk the coolade of 'urban renewal' a few too many times. That’s why Maple is one building with no history or sense of place whatsoever.

I think you'll find there are two very intact and ornate Victorian era buildings on the site right now. They look c. 1870s at a glance, but could be a little earlier or later:

Booroondara are in something of a panic at the moment about the number of unlisted buildings being demolished around the municipality - their heritage assessments are way out of date and the city is now losing much of its beloved heritage building stock. Most residents just assumed places like this were protected - but they're not.

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Aussie Steve's picture

Sadly, the City of Boroondara focused its heritage guns on protecting its residential areas and ignored, until recent years, commercial streetscapes. These two buildings, c.1880s, could have been retained, but not overly significant as individual buildings, but could have been part of the commercial streetscape on the north west corner.

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Bilby's picture

The historic streetscape pictured above has now been demolished. Thanks for nothing, City of Booroondara - what a shortsighted piece of urban planning. This area is losing much of its intact 19th century shopping strip right now - I wonder how residents will feel about that when they look back through the catalogue of buildings lost in 5 or 10 years time and ask, "How did that happen in 2015?"Gone.

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