MINI Portraits: Topology Studio

MINI LIVING – INVERT 3.0 will bring together architects and RMIT architecture students to explore the potential of our laneways. In the lead-up to the exhibition, we’ve asked participating architects to give us a tour of their favourite Melbourne laneway. Watch the video and read the transcript of Amy Hallett and Darren Kaye from Topology Studio’s tour of Little Page St, Albert Park.

Amy Hallett: So I guess what we like about these little laneways here in Albert Park and all the way through to Middle Park and St Kilda West is the way that you can cut through and make short journeys on bike or walking that otherwise would be quite long – so the grid and the pattern of the streets enables you to get from one place to the other quite quickly through little back laneways which makes them very pedestrianised.

Little Page St is a really good example of a laneway that’s got existing dwellings on it and they’re Victorian; they’re quite old.

There’s the opportunity to stop at these parks that our children call ‘secret parks’ that are hidden amongst the little laneways.

Darren Kaye: Living in cities like London as well you realise what density can be and you come back to Melbourne and realise that there’s so much more, so much potential for growth in these corridors.

And I guess that’s what the INVERT project brings to the table in what we can achieve here and creating these tight little communities. It can be a wonderful model.

Stay tuned for more MINI Portraits. MINI LIVING – INVERT 3.0 will be presented from 13 – 17 November at Rapha Melbourne, 32 Guildford Lane.

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