- ICD Property
- Buxton Group
Situated 5kms east of Melbourne’s CBD, stylish Maple is the result of a collaboration between ICD Property and fellow Melbourne-based developers Angle and Buxton Group. A five-storey project with ground floor retail space and 51 generously-sized apartments, Maple was completed in December 2016, totalling a GRV of $26 million. The residential complex features a diverse set of apartments that are adaptable to all purchaser lifestyles and tastes but still retain an elegant look that utilises strong materials to stand the test of time.
Maple’s minimalistic, Scandinavian-inspired design was based around diversity, with interiors and exterior kept simple so residents could tailor their home to correlate with their individual needs/tastes.
To achieve a sense of privacy, beautifully intricate sliding screens were implemented along lower levels. As light changes through the day, the screens reflect light in through the apartments, creating a sense of warmth, while also reflecting it outwards to the street, so anybody passing the building is greeted by its glow.
To maximise floor plates, a ‘flexi’ room was introduced, able to be multi-purposed as a study, dining room or additional storage.
Maple was purposefully designed without common areas to keep owners corporation fees as low as possible. However, the development team wanted to provide residents with incredible amenity and this formed motivation for the building’s design to house a useful ground-floor tenant.
Attracting well-renowned bakery café Rustica Canteen to occupy the space, this intentional ground-floor retail design benefits occupiers of the building by improving their livelihood as well as owners, who experience greater capital growth as a result of having an award-winning business tenant the building’s retail ground-floor.
The building’s hot water is provided by a central solar system with a minimum 50% annual solar contribution, which is supplemented by a gas instantaneous system when required.
The gas instantaneous units installed in the development have a high level of efficiency (in excess of 93%) and no electricity has ever been used in water heating as that is considered worst practice.
Tanks have been installed in the basement area to capture rainwater for the purposes of toilet flushing and landscape irrigation. Further, in a storm event, the tank slows the release of water into the stormwater system, maximising sustainability.
The landscaping means that flow through Maple is modern in design, integrating into the Hawthorn streetscape, which consists of old Victorian heritage homes. Maple’s design is dynamic and flexible, taking cues from both art and science for their intelligent interiors and futureproof design. This appeals to young professionals wanting to enjoy the amenity and lifestyle of Hawthorn, as it’s flexible in form and therefore function. It’s adaptable to different lifestyles. It\’s minimalistic form allows it to appeal to the intended market because it means they can inject their own tastes and habits.
Replacing natural stones, which are vulnerable to staining, Maximum porcelain tiles were used for kitchen and bathroom joinery. At the time, Maximum panels were rarely used, given their price. However, due to their higher quality, Maple’s development team decided to pioneer the use of the product in Maple.
Maple also uses timber boards throughout and the best car-stackers available from German-brand Klaus. Although costs would’ve been saved by installing carpet in the bedrooms and using a cheaper car-stacking brand. Timber boards and Klaus were chosen for their superior quality.
Since completion, there have been no issues reported by Maple residents.