The Age - November 2018

by Simon Johanson

Melbourne CBD's west rejuvenated as flexible office, hotels move in

Brother-and sister-developers Kelvin and Rachel Taing will turn a rundown King Street building into their business headquarters and a boutique flexible workspace as they join the rejuvenation of Melbourne’s once-seedy west end.

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Architecture & Design Sustainability Awards 2018 - October 2018

Clyde Mews: Highly Commended - Multiple Dwelling Category


From the judges: “This residential project impressed the judges with its innovative design, sound sustainability strategy, and range of quantified benefits including reduced energy use, lower water use, a great location with local transport and amenities, and a vastly reduced carbon footprint.”

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Announcement >> - September 2018

Going green: Sustainability Awards shortlist revealed


The official shortlist for Architecture & Design’s 2018 Sustainability Awards has been revealed. The prestigious awards are the longest running sustainable building awards in Australia and have been showcasing the brilliant work of Australian designers and architects working towards a more sustainable agenda. Architecture & Design sees the importance of this growing sector and an ever-increasing need to innovate for a more efficient and ecologically friendly built environment.

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Architecture & Design - September 2018

Clyde Mews: Challenging the typical car-centric housing development


Clyde Mews consists of eight dwellings including six double storey, family-centric townhouses and two units, ranging in size from one to three bedrooms.

This project is the development of two traditional Thornbury housing blocks into medium-density housing. It provides an alternative model to the usual car-centric development of this type. Instead, it delivers a model that prioritises the development of community, shared amenity, sustainability and landscape. The dwellings have also been designed to maximise the site’s orientation to provide energy and water-efficient residences that are sustainable, comfortable and affordable.

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Urban - 26 September 2018

Six Degrees and Excelon combine for Clyde Mews

by Laurence Dragomir


The recently completed Clyde Mews is an environmentally focused community comprising six family-centric townhouses and two apartments. Designed by Six Degrees Architects for Excelon Group the project sets a new benchmark for inner city, medium density development.

Located at 80 Clyde Street in Thornbury, the project is at the forefront of sustainable design and construction, with Excelon and its design team working alongside the independent Moreland Energy Foundation Limited (MEFL) to improve its sustainability credentials and minimize waste where possible.

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Urban - 25 September 2018

Brick to the future for Lothian Street

by Laurence Dragomir


Excelon Group's Lothian Street development has been designed by Kennedy Nolan to reference the area’s industrial past, with a warehouse style brick façade employed.

Located at 100 Lothian Street, North Melbourne the development comprises six individually designed townhouses and two apartments crafted in collaboration with some of Melbourne’s top local artisans, including family-owned local Victorian brick manufacturer Krause Bricks.

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The Fifth Estate - 7 September 2018

Sustainability gathers pace with millennials buying homes

by Poppy Johnston


There is a growing body of anecdotal evidence that people are increasingly prepared to fork out more dollars for sustainable homes and that sustainable homes do better on the market.

The shift is driven partly by soaring energy prices, greater environmental awareness in key demographics, and the transition to an owner-occupier property market as investors fade away, industry observers say.

One developer in Mebourne’s inner north, Excelon Group’s Kelvin Taing, says his company just broke the residential price per square metre sales recordin the inner northern Melbourne suburb of Thornbury thanks to home-buyers attracted to sustainability and lifestyle-enhancing features that they are increasingly prepared to pay for them.

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Herald Sun & - 16 August 2018

Thornbury development with garden heart sets new one-bedroom apartment record

by Nathan Mawby


A THORNBURY development has used environmentally-friendly features and a communal vegetable patch to reset the record books.

The Clyde Mews development by brother/sister duo Kelvin and Rachal Taing has notched the suburb’s top one-bedroom apartment price at $560,000, according to CoreLogic records.

The boutique development at 80 Clyde St, Thornbury has six townhouses in addition to its two one-bedroom apartments, and a communal garden at its heart.

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The Australian - 11 August 2018

Townhouses offer right ingredients for success

by Elizabeth Redman


The townhouse trend is gathering pace with a new project in Melbourne’s inner north setting a record price for the suburb.

Popular with downsizers or young families getting into the market for the first time, townhouses have been growing in popularity across demographics.

In Melbourne’s trendy Thornbury, local developer Excelon Group is building the Clyde Mews with six townhouses and two apartments, designed by Six Degrees Architects.

Prices have hit suburb records of $8500 a square metre for the townhouses and $10,000/sq m for the apartments.

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Urban - 21 May 2018

Brunswick's progressive apartment design dynamic gains another devotee

by Mark Baljak


Yet another Brunswick apartment development has gone to 'the green side'.

A proposal for 211-213 Sydney Road currently before Moreland City Council is hoping to convert approval onsite for a more typical planning permit to one that includes heightened environmentally sustainable design aspects. Design practice Six Degrees have taken over design duties for the site, replacing what was a failed design and marketing campaign for The Saxon apartments.

Prior to it being offered for sale, The Saxon included 24 apartments within a Rothelowman-designed project. Eventually though the roughly 600 square metre site was put forward for developers to consider during 2017.

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The Age - 23 April 2014

Housing Model Riffs on Rhythm of the Street

by Stephen Crafti

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Six Degrees architects’ Heller Street townhouses in Brunswick received numerous accolades for their unique approach. With an adjacent park shared by residents, as well as the local community, the townhouses broke down the idea of private back gardens.

Architects such as Graeme Gunn, as well as Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, developed alternative housing models decades earlier. “Providing alternative housing models isn’t new. But it’s becoming more important as housing becomes less affordable,” says James Legge, one of four directors at Six Degrees.

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