XO Projects' first database entry makes for a sleek Alphington addition

It seems the former Alphington Paper Mill may not be alone in reshaping the face of the inner suburb.

Lodged with Yarra Council, plans for a sleek and sizeable apartment development on an adjacent 2,980 square metre site marks the arrival of a new architecture firm to the Urban Melbourne Project Database. XO Projects is the design force behind 700-718 Heidelberg Road; the relatively new firm represents the meeting of local design giant Elenberg Fraser with that of Amsterdam-based firm Elastik.

With the mantra of "creating the Extra Ordinaries within cities" XO Projects has hit the ground running with the 9 level building that features a split colour scheme and mature trees over its exterior.

700-718 Heidelberg Road, Alphington application summary

Heidelberg Road perspective and finishes. Planning image: XO Projects
  • Corner 2,980sqm site containing four attached single-storey retail premises
  • Proposed 9 level building at 34.1m above Heidelberg Road
  • 109 apartments: 31 x one-bedroom, 56 x two-bedroom, 22 x three-bedroom
  • 2 ground floor retail tenancies: 325sqm general retail & 316sqm café/food and drink premises
  • 2 level basement and ground level parking for 157 cars & 82 bicycles
  • Communal amenities: library, meeting rooms, fitness/gym, roof top gardens, spa-sauna

Opposite the eastern flank of the Alphington Paper Mill site which has a preferred height of 6-8 levels, 700-718 Heidelberg Road has a high level of compliance with the Yarra Planning Scheme according to planning documents.

XO Projects have included a terraced southern facade which tapers down toward the residential zoned southern boundary.

Key to the overall design is the facade treatment of the proposed building with more than 50% of apartments having double facades. Dual level privacy walls across the facade funnel into deep planter boxes for mature trees; 1.2 meters of soil is provided per tree planter in order to accommodate abnormally large plantings.

The deep soil planters will aid in providing 700-718 Heidelberg Road in attaining a 'vertical forest' finish, as will surface level plantings across higher levels of the development.

Deep rooted trees are proposed across the facade. Planning image: XO Projects

700-718 Heidelberg Road, Alphington development team

  • Developer Giancorp Property Group
  • Architecture: XO Projects
  • Town Planning & Landscape: Urbis
  • Traffic Engineering GTA Consultants
  • Waste Management RB Waste Consulting Service
  • Services, Structural & Civil: O'Neill Group
  • ESD: Sustainable Development Consultants
  • Land Survey: Bosco Jonson

Development & Planning

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Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 12:00
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Transport & Design

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Sustainability & Environment

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 12:00
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