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Developer, Little Projects has revitalised the former ANZ site at 227-229 Toorak Road, South Yarra, delivering 388 apartments. Located at the intersection of Toorak Road and Chapel Street in South Yarra, ILK is a contemporary multi-residential development.
Designed by Cox Architecture and constructed by Hickory Group, ILK offers bespoke one-bedroom apartments, two-bedroom apartments with spacious balconies and three-bedroom penthouses with views of Melbourne’s city skyline, the bay and beyond.
Responding to the immediate streetscapes of the Forrest Hill precinct, the project spans 24 floors, however the building seems only a few storeys tall from street level.
The building’s south podium that faces Toorak Road offers an intimate introduction to the main building that adjoins at the rear, with the base dedicated to retail opportunities.
The robust façade features a delicate combination of contrasting yet beautifully paired materials, including pre-cast concrete, timber, zinc, tinted glass and steel, ensuring the building ages beautifully while standing the test of time.
“We wanted to create a classic building, one that still fits in with the street and surrounds in 30 years. You cannot separate ILK from its location; it’s meant to be here and wouldn’t work in any other area. This is a testament to how each aspect has been so well considered,” Cox Architecture Director, Patrick Ness comments.
Ness adds that the completed project well exceeds the initial design concept, which was put to paper in 2008, designed to encourage resident interaction through its urban village feel.
The podium on level nine is the gateway for community interaction for residents who enjoy an entertainers’ lifestyle, opening onto an expansive outdoor area landscaped by Tract Consultants complete with a dedicated teppanyaki bar, picnic area and cinema room.
Residents share access to premium features including a 12 seat theatre room, lounge and private dining area, complete with its own kitchen for private entertaining. The dining room features a large kitchen area and is furnished with a custom-made American Oak dining table by Hub, with complementing light-grey upholstered seats, and accessorised with intricate marble trays and cloud-inspired hanging artwork.
ILK offers a range of health and wellbeing facilities including a gymnasium and 20 metre swimming pool that opens out onto a sun deck, with an elevated garden, that is scattered with white lacquered sun lounges scattered with cushions for comfort and Jardan timber stools.
Each of the contemporary residences are light filled, spacious and offer the occupant a dedicated balcony or courtyard. Four colour palettes were offered to buyers. The kitchens feature quality joinery with stainless steel Miele appliances and the bathrooms include a free-standing basin and rain shower. A concealed space has been reserved in each apartment for the washing machine and dryer.
There are two entrances to ILK – one in the main south tower off Toorak Road and one at the rear of Garden Walk. Cox Architecture has carefully finished the lobbies in each tower with bespoke seating, customised joinery units that house the resident’s mail boxes, lighting and feature walls.
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