Orchard Piper

Orchard Piper's Luke McKie discusses the shift to the owner-occupier market

For almost ten years, Melbourne-based Orchard Piper has been developing boutique projects targeted at a very niche owner-occupier market. Working exclusively with Jolson Architecture, their projects are generally comprised of around 10 residences, all with a gross realisation of around $40 million in tightly held inner-ring suburbs. With the now sustained trend in the property market toward the owner occupier and drop off of international...

What it takes to deliver Melbourne's latest $20 million penthouse

Apartments of this ilk are not a common occurrence across Melbourne. Offered the opportunity to visit Orchard Piper 's freshly completed penthouse atop their Washington Street development in Toorak, Urban Melbourne jumped at the chance to view what is now Melbourne's newest entrant in the ultra-luxury apartment living stakes. Urban Melbourne was guided through the development by Orchard Piper 's Luke McKie, who along with Rick Gronow spearhead...

Orchard Piper in focus

Melbourne architectural developer Orchard Piper is about to commence demolition on the site for their Washington Street project, which would see the creation of one of Toorak’s most luxurious apartment developments featuring a $15 million Penthouse covered last year on Urban Melbourne. Washington Street. Image courtesy Orchard Piper Washington Street presents as a unique apartment offering, a project that for Orchard Piper represents a...

Return of the luxury penthouse

Some pizazz has re-entered the top end of the Melbourne apartment market with a handful of penthouse offerings jostling to take centre stage. Far from the investor-driven stock of Melbourne's CBD towers, two current projects are showing their wares in the pedigree stakes. Perhaps a sign of South Yarra's still exceptional pulling power, the two current projects are located within the locality maintaining differing but spectacular penthouses on...

Development & Planning

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 16:00
In November 2017 City of Stonnington received amended plans for 671 Chapel Street wherein the architect for the project, Architecton, has reduced the overall height of the building which in turn has reduced the overall amount of dwellings planned for the project.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 13:00
The Victorian Government has announced it will ban the use of aluminium cladding panels that have a polyethylene core of more than 30% and expanded polystyrene will also be banned on buildings with 3 or more levels. The changes were announced by the Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, on Saturday morning along with new guidelines for building surveyors.

Visual Melbourne

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 12:00
The various spaces and elements which combine to form RMIT's New Academic Street (NAS) have progressively begun to open to students and visitors alike. I was recently fortunate enough to be part of an informal group tour through the completed spaces within NAS, led by Harrison and White which had a hand in the project.

Transport & Design

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:00
Works on the new purpose-built Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) headquarters were completed late last year. Now occupied, the 10-storey mixed-use complex at 535 Elizabeth Street was built by Multiplex and accommodates the organisation’s 165 staff within the 16,820 square metre building.

Sustainability & Environment