Property Observer - February 2019
Excelon's Melbourne CBD shared office space 25 King Collective opens
Herald Sun - January 2019
by Nicholas D’Urbano
Developer Excelon renovates historic 3-storey building in CBD to create 25 King Collective project
Work has begun to revitalise unsavoury parts of Melbourne CBD.
Developer Excelon has renovated a historic 3-storey building at the South West of town at 25 King St.
25 King Collective is part of a wave of new developments in the area.
inhabitat - January 2019
by Lucy Wang
Clyde Mews eco-village champions sustainable housing alternatives in Melbourne
Melbourne recently became home to Clyde Mews, an inspiring “eco-village” that champions sustainable, community-focused living in close proximity to the city center. Created as an alternative to resource-intensive, car-centric developments, Clyde Mews features attractive, pedestrian-friendly design and energy-efficient housing. Designed by local architecture firm Six Degrees Architects for property development company Excelon Group, the eco-friendly development includes eight contemporary townhouses fitted out with sustainable elements — such as solar panels and water-efficient appliances — inside and out.
Finfeed - January 2019
How Excelon is creating timeless environments
King Street, the infamous 2km strip which links Melbourne’s western side of the city to the north, has been undergoing a major revitalisation of late.
You wouldn’t know it yet, but once all plans come together, this much maligned and extensively profiled (not in a good way) part of the city could become not only a vital business hub, but also a thriving arts precinct.
The Age - November 2018
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.
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.”
Indesignlive.com - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Herald Sun & realestate.com.au - 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.
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.
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.
The Sydney Morning Herald - 26 May 2017
King Street building sells for $5.4m
A historic four storey King Street office built in 1887 has been snapped up by an owner occupier for $5.4 million.
The property sold in front of a large auction crowd Friday for $700,000 over reserve with bidding starting around $4.5 million.
The vendor, Australian Institute of Radiography, purchased the rendered brick building, with four levels including the lower subterranean floor, for $3.5 million in 2010.
It sold with vacant possession to Malaysian developer Kelvin Taing, whose family formerly controlled WCT Group which is listed on the Malaysian stock exchange.
The Age - 23 April 2014
Housing Model Riffs on Rhythm of the Street
by Stephen Crafti
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.