Introducing Breese Street by Milieu

A collaboration between Milieu Property, DKO Architecture and Breathe Architecture, Breese Street is a collection of one, two and three bedroom apartments coming soon to Brunswick, Melbourne. Milieu’s second project in the area was informed by careful study of the requirements of urban living anchored in nurturing community and championing sustainability.

Proving its dedication to these ideals, Milieu conducted a ‘Liveability Survey’ for this project, allowing prospective residents to voice their opinions and shape the building’s design. With a view to fostering an interactive, inclusive environment certain decisions were made; for example, the development will feature no greater than four homes per floor to encourage connection between neighbours.

The building’s rooftop will contain a community vegetable plot, along with native plants selected by MALA. This “backyard in the sky” is intended to support a natural bionetwork which attracts wildlife.

To top it all off, beehives maintained by urban beekeeping collective Honey Fingers will not only sustain this ecosystem and provide honey, but invite residents to learn new skills. The rooftop will also include a shared laundry and rooftop clothesline to reduce energy and water usage. Rainwater will be redirected to garden irrigation and common areas, while a compost area will minimise food wastage and contribute to the garden.

Breese Street has been conceptualised with sustainability at its core. This philosophy extends to the finishes and interior of each apartment; ranging from the sustainable palette of recycled timber flooring, brick and terrazzo to the selection of induction cooktops instead of gas.

Breese Street aspires to achieve a 7.5 Star Energy Rating and the building’s orientation was fastidiously considered to optimise thermal efficiency by project architects Jesse Linardi (DKO) and Jeremy McLeod (Breathe Architecture/Nightingale Housing).

The development’s roof will accommodate a purpose-designed 30-kilowatt PV solar panel system. Any additional energy will come from 100 per cent GreenPower, which draws on renewable energy sources and offers residents wholesale energy prices.

Upon construction, Breese by Milieu will join leading projects like the recently-completed Nightingale 1 to set a global standard for multi-residential living. It is thrilling to see the benchmark driven ever higher in Australia by architects and developers committed to creating a holistically sustainable future.

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