MILQ ApartmentsArchitecture / Built / Residential
Client: Prince Group
The building affectionately known as MILQ playfully draws its name from the adjacent Bulla Dairy building on Arden Street, North Melbourne and skillfully references the area’s Victorian heritage.
Featuring a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments, the development offers generous apartment living for owner-occupier young professionals seeking to live in one of Melbourne’s most exclusive suburbs.
Mismatched rectangular shaped blocks slice up the exterior of the four-storey boutique apartment development creating intrigue and resulting in a visual setback on the third and fourth storeys to match the two-storey façade that lines the street.
The materiality of the façade offers this typically industrial area a contemporary twist. A modernist palette incorporates the use of timber on the balconies, to create the sense of warmth and openness against the cool concrete façade.
An innovative lobby entry features a thin glass brick box, which lines the entrance to create soft lighting in the foyer during the day and a warm glow which disperses light to Arden Street and Bulla Lane at night.
Interiors reference the industrial heritage of North Melbourne and are presented in a modern timeless way, with apartments kept light, bright and sympathetic to the building’s exterior. Timber floors run throughout the apartments which create a natural, open setting.
Glass brick apartment entry lights are an attractive play on the building’s modern entrance. Apartment fixtures add an additional layer to the industrial aesthetic with gunmetal coloured tapware, metallic and timber veneer finishes, bath and freestanding bedroom joinery, while a modern warehouse inspired palette and the use of stone splashbacks provide a seamless and contemporary contextual finish.