Architecture & Design - September 2019

Brunswick Apartments Aiming for 7.5-star NatHERS Rating


Melbourne based property development company Excelon Projects has announced the launch of Two Eleven Sydney Road, their latest apartment project in Brunswick, Melbourne.

Designed by architect James Legge of Six Degrees Architects, Two Eleven Sydney Road is a 21-unit residential apartment project that blends elements of old Brunswick including a heritage façade, with several modern sustainable features.

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Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2019 - August 2019

Kennedy Nolan Shortlisted for IDEA Awards 2019 ‘Designer of the Year’


Shortlisted projects include Excelon’s King Street office for the ‘Workspace Under 1,000 sqm’ category.

A big congratulations to Kennedy Nolan!

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INDESIGN - July 2019

Smart New Suit

by Sandra Tan


The stony frontage of a heritage building on Melbourne’s King Street is punctuated by a bold blue door – the only clue to the immersive new interior within. It is from here that siblings Kelvin and Rachel Tang run Excelon Group, a property development company that collaborates with architects to deliver design-led projects.

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royalauto - June 2019

Melbourne’s Community by Design

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Six Degrees is also behind the Clyde Mews project in Thornbury, which incorporates six two-storey townhouses and two units on two large suburban blocks, built around a communal garden. Each dwelling has a parking space, but rather than having a garage adjacent to individual homes, parking is lined up side-by-side at one end of the site.

This not only frees up space at the centre for shared vegie gardens, but also encourages interaction between residents as they walk to and from their private homes.

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Domain News - June 2019

Better Apartments Set to Spring Up in Melbourne’s Suburbs in State Government Push


Rooftop gardens or communal gardens have been springing up at projects such as The Commons in Brunswick, one of the best known early examples of sustainable apartments, and the more recent Clyde Mews in Thornbury.

These have been popular with buyers, alongside initiatives such as food co-operatives or incidental meeting places such as clotheslines, said Jellis Craig Brunswick’s Lisa Roberts, who has sold units in both.

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Australian Institute of Architects - April 2019

2019 Victorian Architecture Awards - Clyde Mews Shortlisted


Clyde Mews has been shortlisted for the category “Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing”. Congratulations to our architects Six Degrees!

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Sidespace Media - March 2019

by Alison Cheong

Coworking Spaces at the Forefront of Australian Interior Design Awards 2019 Shortlist


From pristine white yoga studios, coworking spaces in warehouses and a tired university bookshop transformation - projects nominated for the Australian Interior Design Awards 2019 are set to face tough competition.

One look at the shortlisted entries could tell you that Victoria is leading the country’s interior design scene with 119 nominations, followed by NSW’s 63 and Queensland’s 13.

In workplace design, Victoria dominates the section with 20 nominations, followed by NSW with 13.

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Australian Interior Design Awards - March 2019

25 King: Workplace Design - Shortlist


Dulux Colour Awards 2019 - March 2019

25 King: Finalist for Commercial Interior - Workplace and Retail


Property Observer - February 2019

Excelon's Melbourne CBD shared office space 25 King Collective opens


Excelon has announced the opening of 25 King Collective, a shared office space in Melbourne’s CBD.

Kelvin Taing, Director of Excelon says the Excelon team has moved into the top floor in the premises in Melbourne’s South West CBD area.

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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.

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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.

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Finfeed - January 2019

by Jonathan Jackson

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.

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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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Edgeprop - October 2018

Painting a picture of The Canvas Hotel

by Rachel Chew


What defines a good hotel? The executive director of The Canvas Hotel, Kelvin Taing believes that a good hotel should never be solely defined by the space or facility. One should also consider the convenience and the homeyness of the place.

To this end, Taing engaged local design talents for the interiors of The Canvas Hotel. The 98-room boutique hotel in Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang, Selangor emphasises comfort, convenience and local charm, says Taing.

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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 Sydney Morning Herald - 26 May 2017

King Street building sells for $5.4m

by Simon Johanson


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.

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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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