Meet the team
Some of Melbourne’s most talented professionals, designers, builders and creatives are helping to realise the vision behind East Brunswick Village.
“We wanted to create a village that encompasses all the benefits of living in a real community. At EBV people will be able to work, shop, and socialise…it’s what Plan Melbourne calls a 20-minute neighbourhood, so they’ll be able to access everything they could want or need within a 20-minute walk.”
“I think of EBV as a microcosm of East Brunswick. It’s exciting, it’s creative, it’s diverse, and East Brunswick is like that too – it’s one of Melbourne’s most inspiring and liveable suburbs. With EBV, one of our big aims is to make living in this part of Melbourne achievable for people.
Bluestone Way is EBV’s latest address, and we’re really excited about it. Over the past few months we’ve rethought our offering in response to the new normal, and really increased our focus on wellbeing. Residents will be living in a home imbued with vitality-giving properties, from the architectural and environmentally sustainable design, efficient home features and materials selection through to the wellbeing-focused shared amenities, public art and plantscaping. Every single aspect of Bluestone Way has been carefully considered and designed to enable people to thrive.”
– Mario Lo Giudice, Director @ Banco Group
EBV Consultant Team
“Our architectural vision is of a self-sustaining village that enables holistic, modern urban living, yet respects and engages with the EBV site’s industrial past, and the culturally diverse neighbourhood it’s located in today.”
“The entire project is based on a traditional village’s model of social, environmental and cultural sustainability. With the architecture, we’ve consciously sought to minimise the mass and imposition of the buildings, while creating a feeling of connectedness within EBV itself. A high standard of services and amenities have been interweaved throughout, including rooftop and podium gardens, communal vegetable plots, playgrounds and recreational spaces. Recycled timber and quarried bluestone from the site have been integrated throughout the landscaping, laneways and architecture. Tactile brickwork and expressed steel are reinterpreted in a contemporary way.
At Bluestone Way, we’ve taken inspiration from biophilic design to realise our vision of public and private spaces with an authentic connection to nature. We’ve done this with high standards of Environmentally Sustainable Design, the integration of nature throughout the building, careful materials selection to reflect each floor’s use, and a range of wellbeing spaces and functions. The wellbeing focus comes through aesthetically too, with organic, circular motifs that represent eternal life, sensory gardens and internal open air courtyards on each floor, for community and contemplation.”
– Chris Manton, Director @ JAM Architects
“EBV is one of the largest urban renewal projects in Moreland. We think we’ve got the scale right, and we genuinely feel it’s going to benefit EBV residents, and the wider community.”
“Our vision has been to maximise connectivity between EBV and the existing community, and to create a series of spaces, that people will step inside and find retreat from the busy-ness of East Brunswick life. I’m proud that we’ve been able to design a traffic network that puts pedestrians, not cars, at the centre. Main Street is an east-west spine connecting Nicholson Street to John Street; it’s one of EBV’s biggest assets. It’s for majority pedestrian use, and it connects EBV to one of the inner north’s most iconic bike routes, the Brunswick Shimmy.”
– Giovanni Gattini, Director @ G2 Urban Planning
Environmentally Sustainable Design
“EBV is a big project. We’re looking at the sustainability of many aspects of the design, and we’re really pleased with what we’ve been able to achieve so far.”
“Our scope includes energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction, alternative transport options, indoor environment quality and materials usage. All Stage 1 residential apartments will achieve average 7.5-star Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS). The local Council only requires an average rating of 6.5 stars, so this is a substantial improvement. It reflects innovations like the buildings’ thermally efficient passive design. This is ESD speak for staying cool in summer and warm in winter, and means residents will be able to reduce their reliance on heating and air conditioning.”
– Sophie Hutchinson, ESD Team Leader @ ADP Consulting
“My role has been to examine and outline how sustainable living and healthy interior environments can be achieved at a design level inside the apartment interiors at Bluestone Way.”
“By mapping the patterns of use for tasks associated with a low energy, low-impact healthy habits, we were able to identify what design inclusions would make such habits convenient and ergonomic. This included systems for air-drying clothes, removed the need for gas by introducing induction cooking, added door matting and ceiling fans, space for indoor plants and options for thermal and block out curtains. By considering the apartment interiors as functionally interconnected with the village’s urban design, building envelopes, landscaping, as well as energy, waste and water systems, and by prioritising solutions during the design process, we’ve been able to ensure that these elements are cohesively integrated. I consider Bluestone Way part of a cultural shift towards efficient buildings, resilient communities, shared resources, and also having homes that provide a real and viable restorative retreat in an increasingly complex world.”
– Megan Norgate, Director & Interior Designer @ BraveNewEco
Communal Gardens and Green Spaces
“We’ve gotten a feel for all the forces at play in each space: the sun, the wind, the views, and the physical aspects of the design and how that affects the way it will feel to move through.”
“We’re making EBV’s outdoor areas as harmonious, comfortable and full of life as possible. We’re ensuring there’s ready shade when the sun is at its zenith, for example, or making sure a bench seat is situated to make the most of a view. EBV has a heap of green spaces: rooftop gardens, podium gardens, viewing platforms, barbeque areas, vegetable patches, smaller nature spaces.
At Bluestone Way, optimising harmony, vitality and wellbeing have been our major goals. The rooftop will feature a yoga platform, a walking circuit and lots of medicinal plants—both native and introduced species—that residents will be able to identify and locate. Then there are the podiums, lobbies and private balconies that will also be lush and green. Some of the plants we’ve chosen for the rooftop are oregano, olive leaf and lime, which as well as being strongly and beautifully scented, are good for colds. Native lomandra and poa grasses harness the calming effect of gentle rustling and movement, while others, like calendula, are beneficial and also pop with beautiful colours. Residents will have abundant opportunities to connect and simply be with nature.”
– Dan Palmer, Co-Director @ Very Edible Gardens
“We’re engaging local artists to create great public art that will stand the test of time. There will be public art throughout EBV, in a range of mediums – sculpture, photography, and murals.”
“At EBV, we’re creating more than just spaces; we’re creating peoples’ homes. Culture is the glue that sticks community together, and we want the art to excite residents and visitors alike. As EBV Public Art Consultant, I’m working closely with the team – the landscapers, the architects, the interior designs, and of course the artists – to grow art organically through the site. I’m proud to be part of creating art for a village that people will live, work in and love. The art will be there long after we are, and that’s pretty special.”
“At EBV, we’re creating more than just spaces; we’re creating peoples’ homes. Culture is the glue that sticks community together, and we want the public art and wellbeing offerings to engage and soothe residents and visitors alike.”
“We’re engaging local artists to create great public art that will stand the test of time. There will be public art throughout EBV, in a range of mediums – sculpture, photography, and murals. I’m proud to be part of creating art for a village that people will live, work in and love. The art will be there long after we are, and that’s pretty special.
With our new address, Bluestone Way, we’ve really increased our focus on nature connection and personal and community wellbeing in response to the new normal. In fact, when COVID-19 hit we took our thinking for Bluestone Way back to the drawing board pooling our knowledge and expertise to realise a vision for a home environment that will truly nurture its inhabitants. There are going to be plenty of opportunities to connect with nature. There are going to be soothing organic art forms. There are going to be places and spaces in which to recharge and rejuvenate, and home spaces will have a retreat-like air to them.”
– Andy Dinan, Director @ ADA Public Art
SOCIAL CLUB COORDINATOR
“The Social Club is the centre of all things social at East Brunswick Village, and it’s my honour to be its coordinator.”
“Community isn’t just a buzzword here at EBV; we’re serious about building and nourishing a social environment for you to get involved in and enjoy to whatever degree is desirable and comfortable to you. It’s my job to get to know you, facilitate clubs, workshops and events, and keep you in the loop about community events at EBV. It’s up to you to get involved in as little – or as much – as you like. I’m excited to begin planning the workshops, clubs, activities and events that will underpin community building at EBV, and I’m excited to get to know EBV’s residents.”
– Madi Sherburn, Social Club Coordinator
“I’m a stickler for detail and I don’t rest until a job gets done, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in as Building Manager and Caretaker for EBV.”
“EBV is such a well thought out development, with environmentally sustainable architecture and the systems and infrastructure in place to make everyday living as easy and functional as possible for its residents. It’s my job to look after all of the buildings at EBV – to make sure things are maintained good working order and that all the wonderful amenities spread across EBV are a joy to use”.
– George Kiosoglou, Building Manager/Caretaker