Inspired by a rare, natural setting, surrounded by Merri Creek
and the Northcote Golf Course, merri green+ is a unique inner
Nothing has been compromised in the creation of this boutique
collection of generous, spacious dwellings, with a green soul
and an eco luxe finish.
Encouraging a greener form of energy use, merri green+ is one
of the first multi residential projects in Australia to introduce
Tesla Powerwall battery units to store energy in their townhouses.
Conceived for perpetuity; materials and finishes have been
carefully selected for the long term. The result is a truly
modern Australian aesthetic, one that reflects this striking
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N O R T H C O T E G O L F C OU R S E
5th hole, as viewed from merri green+
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With a deep respect for its natural setting, the design intent
for merri green+ is to merge the buildings with the landscape.
Operable timber-battened privacy screens wrap around the
townhouses to form a subtle backdrop, while providing a
filter for the afternoon sun.
Randomly sized, these timber battens evoke the scattered
eucalypts along the valley. The result is architecture that is not
only green at heart, but responds to the highest expectations
of those wanting the latest in contemporary living.
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An extremely rare site, merri green+ has the unique advantage
of being adjacent to a golf course and Merri Creek, with two
equally striking but contrasting environments: one serene
and cultivated and the other with a wild, natural beauty.
M E R R I C R E E K | N O R T H C O T E
merri green+ sits on the bank sof Merri Creek
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Having the sound of running water and
bell-birds on your doorstep is as peaceful
as looking out to the green fairways of
Northcote Golf Course.
While retaining this sense of serenity,
merri green+ is a just short walk from the
trams and cafes of High Street, St Georges
Road and Nicholson Street. And for those
who love bike riding, the cbd is just a short
commute along the bike paths of Merri
Creek, part of the Capital City Trail.
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Designed by residential specialists Chamberlain Architects,
these dwellings are ground breaking in their attention to
detail, finish and sustainability.
Comprising 29 apartments from 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms and 20
luxury 3 bedroom townhouses, merri green+ offers a range of
different dwelling types, accommodating a variety of lifestyles.
A P A R T M E N T S
For those who prefer a low maintenance, single level
lifestyle, 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments are an option.
Underpinned by the same eco luxe philosophy, the
apartments are treated with the same level of respect
and design intelligence as the townhouses.
The apartments are built for living, with generous
spaces and ceiling heights and an average 6 star
energy rating exceeding the minimum 5 star
requirement. Operable windows in all rooms and
double glazing are paramount. And small details
such as bespoke joinery enhance the luxe lifestyle.
Uncommon in a project of this size, the apartment
building is serviced by two cores, effectively halving
the size of the building. This reduces the amount
of noise generated from the common areas, and
cuts down on waiting times for the lift. The two
cores are designed to allow natural light to flood
into the corridors, and their green walls, created by
Fytogreen, provide a striking feature on the facade
(see image above).
T O W N H O U S E S
Designed as a compelling alternative to the
traditional family home, merri green+ townhouses
represent a low maintenance, sustainable lifestyle
without compromising on amenity or quality.
Featuring generous spaces with 3 metre ceiling
heights in the living area, these 3 bedroom
townhouses are a pure expression of the eco luxe
philosophy. With a thoughtful design response
making the best use of cross ventilation,
hydronic heating, solar roof panels, Tesla
batteries and an energy rating exceeding 6 stars,
they set a new standard for energy consumption.
Driven by the desire to provide truly flexible
dwellings, the third level on the townhouses has
the option for a fully landscaped rooftop garden
to complement the enclosed entertainment area.
Merri green+ has collaborated with Aspect Studios
and Fytogreen to provide this green space - a
space that lives, breathes and compliments the
dwelling (see images page 8 +12).
eco luxe ?
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Compelled by the desire to explore a more sustainable way of
living, while maintaining a high level of comfort and amenity,
a new design philosophy has evolved specifically for merri
green+. We call this eco luxe.
Eco luxe is a response to a paradigm shift in the housing
market. This shift is driven by those who would like to live
in an increasingly mindful and considered way. Eco luxe
encompasses all the modern day comforts of living, with
an energy efficient, low maintenance, lifestyle.
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Across the merri green+ development, there are many
eco principles hard at work. An environmentally
sensitive design approach ensures the dwellings
exceed the average 6 star energy rating required
by the building code.
All dwellings have high levels of insulation,
including double glazing throughout, ensuring
a more even temperature all year round.
Strategically placed ceiling fans help augment
the efficiency of the air conditioning, reducing
Operable external shading has been provided
for all west and north facing dwellings allowing
occupants to control the solar gain, depending
on the time of day and the seasons. Opportunities
for cross ventilation are maximised in the town
houses with the inclusion of security screen
doors and fly screens to all windows.
Rainwater will be harvested for flushing toilets
and irrigation across all dwellings, reducing
run-off and waste of a precious resource. Materials
have been chosen to minimise their environmental
impact with a priority on using Australian made
products where possible, without compromising
on quality. Australian made, no VOC paints
(volatile organic compound), porcelain bench
tops with low resin content and Australian,
responsibly sourced hardwoods are a feature
of the interiors. This ‘use local’ philosophy has
inherent environmental benefits, minimising the
embodied energy of select products.
The extensive use of recycled bricks and reclaimed
timbers throughout not only renews the life of
a discarded waste material, but enhances the
character of the project.
F U T U R E F O C U S E D
Rather than relying exclusively on the power
grid and running up high energy bills, merri
green+ is one of the first multi residential project
in Australia to partner with Bradford Solar* and
Tesla Energy to introduce Powerwall battery
units to store solar energy in their townhouses.
The townhouses will have their own Tesla
Powerwalls and Solar PV system.
While solar panels represent a good energy source,
especially in Australia, the problem is that excess
power generated goes back to the grid and is
purchased back from the energy retailers at a
premium retail price, if you run out. At merri green+
Bradford* solar panels will be combined with Tesla
Powerwall home batteries to store the solar energy
harvested by these panels, allowing excess energy to
be used as and when needed. Further innovation
and advanced technology allows for the creation of
a microgrid embedded network within the develop-
ment which will distribute the stored energy as
required, further lowering power bills and
reliance on power companies.
As a backup, if the battery units run out of energy,
the batteries are able to draw energy from the grid,
re-charging during (cheaper) off-peak hours.
Those thinking about battery-operated electrical
cars will also appreciate the foresight of such
highly innovative features. As well as reducing
energy costs, the Tesla system, combined with
the solar panels, delivers a cleaner, greener and
more sustainable form of energy.
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Every dwelling at merri green+ features a high
standard of living above and beyond regulatory
requirements. The aim is to create spaces that
we would all like to live in.
There is a spirit of generosity underpinning the
design principles at merri green+, with large
open plan kitchen and living areas, high ceilings
including heights up to 3 metres. There is a
focus on comfort and amenity throughout, with
double glazing, operable windows and beautiful
natural light and ventilation.
There is a high level of insulation between
dwellings that will produce the acoustic
separation so often lacking in housing projects.
In addition to this, internal walls within each
dwelling are insulated for acoustics, something
not usually seen in medium density projects.
The result is minimal noise transfer fr