Herbert King of Richmond Hill - 172-174 Lennox Street, Richmond
One of the starting points for this development was the heritage-listed building. Originally built in the late 1800s, this landmark, with its gothic-shaped windows, was designed for Herbert King & Sons. This distinctive building was retained in the design, with ground level transformed into a café, and the first floor simply a decorative façade that frames the terraces to some of the apartments. While this landmark forms part of this 40 apartment development, it is only a small percentage of the new six storey development. In contrast to the gothic-shaped windows, the new façade at ground level is entirely glazed, allowing for unimpeded views into the second café within this development.
Herbert King of Richmond Hill was conceived for the owner-occupier market. Housing generous sized apartments, a basement car park for 60 cars, 57 bikes and storage facilities. The top two levels are staggered, accommodating the penthouses and sub-penthouses. This setback reduces the scale of the building, as well as reducing overlooking into neighbours’ back gardens.
Precast concrete and metal-cladding features strongly in the design, with the lower front façade adorned with irregular-shaped columns to reduce the linearity of the streetscape. These distinctive forms also create privacy and filter the sunlight.
The interiors of these apartments are as generous as the floor plates, with the open plan kitchen and living areas featuring timber floors and stone benches. There’s even a ‘green wall’ on level two, accompanying some of the south-facing apartments. And rather than one apartment typology, there are a variety of configurations, with eight of the abodes extending over two levels, not dissimilar to a townhouse. And also like a townhouse, there’s a more public (although private) terrace at the lower level and a balcony/terrace above.