The Malt District will combine modern residences, a generous public realm, boutique workspaces and retail, much of which will be built sensitively into the old buildings, giving them a new lease on life and enduring relevance to everyone in Melbourne.
The Richmond malting site, home to the landmark silos and the Nylex Clock has a unique past. As Melbourne grew from a small colonial town to a wealthy Victorian city, this area became a major entertainment venue, one of the many that sprung up around the city.
However it is the site’s long history of malting that has produced some of Melbourne’s most unusual landmark buildings. The industrial mix of concrete, timber, brick, glass and steel has informed and inspired the architecture and design of the new Malt District.
Several of the major heritage buildings will be retained within the precinct and the colour palette incorporates the earthy yellows of barley and the deep browns and greys of factory timber and concrete. This commitment to reflecting the origins of the buildings will transport the site’s rich past into its 21st century transformation.
This project is unique being only 2km from the Melbourne CBD and forms part of a new master-planned community. The reason we recommend certain properties within the development is because these kind of urban renewal projects only come up every now and again. When a site can be designed and planned correctly it leaves spaces for laneways, view corridors, public spaces and amenity. This is not often found in medium or high density projects that come to market where it is often one building almost on top of another.