Reservoir enters the fray with The Plenty Residences

A litmus test beckons for Reservoir as the suburb's largest apartment release becomes reality. The Plenty Residences at 830 Plenty Road has progressed to marketing, with the release of the first stage of the project's 347 dwellings across the site which sits atop the Summerhill Village Precinct.


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Two highly prominent locations are now free to host substantial residential buildings after receiving planning approval in recent days.

VCAT has green-lighted St Kilda's tallest development to date at 8-12 Punt Road while Darebin City Council were satisfied with the merits of what is set to become Reservoir's biggest apartment development at 830 Plenty Road.

8-12 Punt Road, which is also referred to as One St Kilda Junction first appeared on Urban Melbourne during February, with subsequent planning movements landing the Plus Architecture-designed tower at VCAT.

For its part, City of Port Phillip's report for VCAT(link is external) determined that it had made the decision to refuse the application based upon the development unreasonably impacting the amenity of the immediate and wider neighbourhood. This can be read as an overdevelopment of the subject site.

In response, VCAT's decision(link is external) was to approve the project which consists of a main 26 level tower, with a smaller 10 level extension to its east. In total 203 apartments will be serviced by 397 car spaces across seven basement levels.

One St Kilda Junction. Image: Plus Architecture

On the opposite side of town, 830 Plenty Road was issued a permit yesterday for an expansive multi-building apartment development. Dubbed The Plenty Residences and conceived by Architeria Architects, final numbers for the project will see 338 apartments and townhouses, in addition to commercial and retail spaces.

Submitted for approval during June of 2015, 830 Plenty Road had been subject to numerous proposals prior to the current iteration headed by Architeria Architects.

Three separate apartment buildings will front Plenty Road, with a fourth building and 17 townhouses nested in behind.

The expansive 10,194sqm site coupled with its elevated position and low-rise surrounds allows Star Island to hold a very pronounced position along one of Melbourne's major northern transport corridors.

The Plenty Residences Image: Architeria Architects

The Plenty Residences Development (Reservoir Reflections) gets the Green Light by Darebin City Council

Darebin City Council has approved the Planning Permit Application for 338 apartments, townhouses and commercial suites for our Reservoir site today. The Plenty Residences Development is one of suburban Melbourne's largest projects and will be a great contribution to Reservoir, offering superb living and transforming the Plenty Road corridor. Architeria Architects have once again done an impressive job and the team, led by Mel Gawi, have worked tirelessly towards this great outcome.

Glen Waverley’s Record Breaking Prime Site in Planning

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15-17 Marriott Parade, Glen Waverley – In Planning

The corner block site at 17 Marriott Parade, Glen Waverley caused turmoil back in April last year when it sold for $4.71 million.  Adjoining site, 15 Marriott Parade was sold for $2.4 million dollars and together, these sites combined have smashed residential sales records in Monash, selling over the $7 million mark.

The site is in a prime location on a combined area of 2169 sqm corner block opposite the Ibis hotel and Monash City Council.

Architeria Architects were engaged to design apartments on this site and the brief was to create a stunning new landmark for Glen Waverley. A site like this deserves something outstanding and the result of the brief, an apartment building consisting of 63 units, is now in planning.

The architecture is prominent with its bold curves and shapes. The building materials are a blend of tinted glass, metal cladding and render. The two frames are interlocking with the roofline like a piece of modern jewellery.

Mel Gawi, Principal Architect of Architeria Architects says that the design has allowed for soft and curvy corners, enhancing the principles of Feng Shui. Further, the building is shaped as a number 8, a prosperous number, as the two curves meet in the middle to expand along the sides.

The internal courtyard allows for natural cross ventilation throughout all the apartments and creates a peaceful oasis for the residents to enjoy.

“It has been an absolute pleasure to design an apartment building of this nature” said Mel Gawi. “As the site sits on the fringe of all activity, I believe the architecture will not only blend in with the higher density buildings across the road, but be a positive contribution to Glen Waverley in general.” 

Bellenden Estate Development DISPLAY SUITE IN WHEELERS HILL

We visited last weekend the display suite for Bellenden Estate in Wheelers Hill. The physical model is now completed and it looks great. Big portion of the townhouses are already sold-out (see the red dots).
Architeria Architects and its Principal Architect Mel Gawi are proud of this achievement.
We are implementing our learnings from this project into our new and exciting townhouse projects in Vermont and Mont Albert in Melbourne. 
Stay tuned

Wattle Grove Townhouse Development in McKinnon Gets the Green Light by Glen Eira's DPC

The Planning Submission for 8-8a Wattle Grv in McKinnon was approved yesterday (21 April 2016) by the Delegated Planning Committee (DPC) of Glen Eira City Council in spite of the 9 received objections.

These are the first 6 townhouses development approved in the vicinity of this street. 

Congratulations to Architeria Architects and our Clients for this achievement.

Architeria Architects Secures the Planning Permit for another Successful Apartment Project at VCAT Mediation

4, 6 and 8 Heatherdale Road in Mitcham were sold in February 2015 and in April 2015 the Developer submitted a Planning Permit application to Whitehorse Council for a four storey apartment building with a basement car park. The architectural design was undertaken by Principal Architect Mel Gawi and the team at Architeria Architects and completed within less than 5 weeks.

The development, that goes under the name Heather & Dale, is a contemporary apartment building with a central courtyard. All apartments are accessed by  corridors that open up to the lush courtyard, enabling the building to be naturally ventilated, one of many ESD initiatives of this project.

When the Council failed to respond within the statutory 60 days, the applicant & Architeria Architects decided to proceed to Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). One objector (an immediate neighbour behind the proposed development) filed an objection against the development. Through  successful negotiations at VCAT's compulsory conference /mediation meetings,  all parties including the Objector, the Council and  the Client who was represented by Mel Gawi of Architeria Architects and G2 Urban Planning,  agreed to settle the matter to allow for the final VCAT orders to be made and grant the Planning Permit for a 40 apartments building. This pre-hearing settlement was the result of an outstanding performance of Architeria and the project team  which adopted a slight adjustment to the building height at the rear and increase the setbacks to south, west and east  of the building to allow for canopy trees to be planted.

Principal Architect Mel Gawi says that “Heather & Dale will be a great choice for people to enjoy Mitcham with its convenient access to the City through the nearby Mitcham train station and easy access to EastLink. The Heather & Dale development is offering high quality living with its meticulously designed apartments and amenities.”  

Heather & Dale is another successful project that is beautifully designed and managed by Architeria Architects.

Monash Council Approves the Planning Application for Wheelers Hill Development


Monash City Council approved at its monthly meeting on 25 August 2015 our residential project of 98 apartments and townhouses at Wheelers Hill in Melbourne. Subsequently, a Notice of Decision (NOD) to Grant a Permit  was issued on 26 August 2015.

Architeria Architects led by Principal Architect Mel Gawi, were engaged by Ouson group in early September 2014 to submit a planning application for 44 apartments and 54 town houses at 820-830 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill. The complete planning submission was submitted to council within 6 weeks of engagement.

The design objective was to locate an apartment building to the east of the site which would create a height transition from the neighbouring site, which currently has a planning approval for apartments, to the proposed townhouses to the west.

The main objective was to create a safe environment for families and children by separating the vehicle circulation on the lower ground level from the central pedestrian walkway. The aim was to maintain the boulevard field, characteristic to the area. The building materials and external colours are adding modern, earthy touches to the area, yet complying with the neighbourhood character. Metal cladding in various shades of grey combined with white render and timber composite cladding give the townhouses a contemporary feel and the materials are repeated in the apartment façade to keep the development consistent.

Adding to the leafy boulevard character of the area are the new proposed canopy trees and landscaped gardens and playgrounds.

Congratulations to Architeria Architects, Ouson Group and all those involved for this great achievement.

Mel Gawi, Principal Architect - Architeria Architects



WED, 15/07/2015 - 07:00 MARK BALJAK

Long thought of as a site prime for high-density development, 830 Plenty Road is again subject to a planning application which would radically alter the local landscape should it gain approval. The 10,194sqm land parcel atop Reservoir's Summerhill Village currently sees a variety of vacant low-rise buildings languishing onsite, with all set to make way for 326 dwellings.



Aerial perspective of the intended development. Image courtesy Architeria Architects

  • Application lodged 29th June with Darebin City Council
  • Site area: 10,194sqm
  • Four apartment buildings of up to 12 levels
  • 326 apartments: 73*1BR, 15*1BR+S, 194*2BR, 24*2BR+S, 20*3BR
  • 391 basement car park spaces & 106 bicycle spaces
  • Retail and recreational uses at ground level


Urban Melbourne spoke with project point Architeria Architects to gain an insight into Reservoir Reflection:

Our response to the clients's brief to develop this site, situated next to a recently developed shopping precinct, was to exceed their expectations by designing a landmark apartment complex which includes over 320 apartments and townhouses along with over 1000 Sqm of retail and commercial space.

Communal areas such as a swimming pool, lush landscaped gardens, barbecue and play areas, all enrich the compound. Reservoir Reflection is aiming to introduce signature architecture to the rapidly growing and changing suburb of Reservoir in Melbourne. A rhapsody of architectural elements and materials create an exciting mix of twisted cubes, glass curtain walls, metal cladding and coloured concrete.

My vision was inspired by the movement of waves and their reflection. I pictured falling dices wrapping along Plenty Road, creating that landmark for Reservoir.

Mel Gawi, Principal Architect, Architeria Architects

Key to the design is a reflective purple facade band which is designed to stand out as the signature element of the proposal. Loosely designed in a horseshoe configuration, the buildings surround an internal amenities area which are akin to resort facilities in their design and quality.


Artist's impression of the facade treatment. Image courtesy Architeria Architects


The site in question does have a planning history with approval in recent years for a Fender Katsalidis-designed dual tower scheme. Consisting of 294 dwellings and with the taller tower at 16 levels, the Fender Katsalidis design would have seen 273sqm or retails space and 424 car parking spaces included.

Both the initial Fender Katsalidis design and current Reservoir Reflection represent a marked change to the character and scale of the locality, although Reservoir Reflection's development team have held design meeting with Darebin City Council prior to it's submission in the hope of expediting the planning process.

With 326 dwellings included, Reservior Reflection shapes as one of suburban Melbourne's larger apartment projects, and one that would sit prominently atop the Summerhill Village precinct.

The Plenty Residences (Reservoir Reflections)

Designed by Architeria Architects

Principal Architect Mel Gawi

Architeria submitted today the Planning Permit Application for The Plenty Residences (Reservoir Reflections) project.

The Development comprises of 338 Apartments, Townhouses and Commercial Suites with Communal Spaces.

This is a great achievement for Architeria and its proud team

Barry Street Development in Brunswick Gets the Go Ahead to Proceed


The received approval is for the construction of a 4 storey building over two basement levels comprising 36 apartments and 3 offices as follows:

7 x 1 bedroom apartments

29 x 2 bedroom apartments

Office tenancies

60 car parking spaces

34 bicycle parking spaces

Architeria Architects was engaged on the 14 February 2015 to compose a brand new design and replace an existing proposal prepared by another Architectural firm in Melbourne.

The original proposal was advertised and 26 objections were received. The main issues raised in the objections related to height, overdevelopment and impacts on residential amenity. As a result, Moreland Council officers determined that the proposal should not be supported on a number of grounds including excessive height and building footprint. Ten of the objectors lodged statements of grounds with the Tribunal to become parties to the appeal.

At that stage, Architeria took on board this project and within less than a month from engagement, a full planning submission was completed and distributed to the objectors, the Council and VCAT as an alternative design proposal.

The new Architeria mediated proposal was accepted by the objectors and the Council which agreed to take the mediated position to their Urban Planning Committee (UPC) meeting on 27 May 2015. Consequently, the UPC approved the development and gave it the go ahead to proceed.

Architeria is proud of this achievement and we look forward to commence the Construction Documentation very soon.