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Restaurant, Office, Residential Unit Building – Commercial Place - Eltham - $2,800,000

THIS multi-purpose building in the heart of Eltham is perhaps a taste of the future for increasing numbers of people who want more than just a place to live in.

The three-storey Barry Pearce-designed creation was built by Billings Long and houses a restaurant on the ground level, an office area on the first level and residential spaces on the top floor. This type of energy efficient urban structure is geared to allow people to live, work and play in the one place. And a further bonus is that it is within walking distance of a range of services including shops, cafes, banks and public transport.

In keeping with the Eltham landscape, the building is easy on the eye without being over the top. Its mix of materials including timber, ample glass, rendered cement blocks and concrete panels as well as tiered Colorbond roofing allows it to blend effortlessly with the neighbouring established streetscape.

Tall and substantial timber posts to the extensive wrap around veranda are the most striking features of this design along with the range of strategically placed double-glazed windows, which are geared to make the most of natural light.

While there are nods to the past on the outside, the building’s interior is thoroughly modern with clean, crisp lines and plenty of user-friendly modern features including contemporary kitchens and good-size balconies to the upper level units. The terraces are perfect for relaxed indoor-outdoor living and deliver varied views of the surrounding neighbourhoods.  The upper level residences also have service lift access to ground floor bicycle racks and storage areas, enhancing the building’s liveability credentials.

Architect Barry Pearce says the building’s design “attempts to extend the rich Nillumbik artistic and environmental heritage and to express these traditions in a manner relevant to the current century’’. Barry says the design’s fundamentals of energy efficiency, sustainability and universal access do not “distract from the desire for some emotional and intellectual interest, perhaps even some simple delight’’.

The architect adds that the orientation of the building’s external and internal features to the street intersection generates strong visual interest without the need for  “decorative elements and crafted appendages’’.

“The residences above the commercial tenancies (office space) provide a soft edge to the surrounding commercial activity centre,’’ he says. “The ground floor acknowledges Nillumbik’s mud brick building vocabulary by the use of exposed timbers and undulating wall surface textures. Timber also features within the ground floor restaurant interior along with exposed concrete structural components.’’

Barry also points out that the building has a strong sustainability bent because it offers heavy insulation, passive solar features with the northerly orientation of its glass banks, a solar hot water set-up as well as a rainwater harvesting and recycling system. The new structure further enhances its sustainability credentials given that it comprises some of the materials used in the previous building which occupied the corner site.


Project Value: $2,800,00