As one of Melbourne’s older suburbs, Hawthorn is known for its characterful period houses and Victorian terraces as much as it is for its thriving retail and hospitality scene and reputable schools. As a result, property in this area has been notoriously hard to come by — until now. Pillar of Hawthorn, a boutique development only six levels high, presents a rare chance for potential homeowners to make the historic suburb their new home.
Designed in collaboration by Rothelowman and SJB, the collection of penthouses and apartments achieves a strong sculptural façade with a north-facing entrance. The design teams knew it was important to respect the neighbouring buildings such as the Zion Baptist church next door, which is why the project has a subtle curve in its form. “This gives the impression of the building bowing away from the church on the lower podium levels,” Kim Lowman, Director of Rothelowman says. “In this way, it’s a very respectful backdrop which frames and celebrates the church and its forecourt. The two buildings work together in harmony.”
The initial response to the stunning architecture and interior design has been overwhelmingly positive — so much so that the developer has decided to redesign the floorplans to meet demand. For potential homeowners who are looking for a larger residence with high-spec interiors, a new release of 3 bedroom options is coming to market soon.
Inside, the penthouses and sub-penthouses (many of them with dual aspects) showcase stunning vistas of Melbourne’s CBD, while the large ground floor homes feature private courtyards and separate entrances. “It’s about balance,” Lowman says. “While the podium levels are about integrating with the retail neighbourhood of Hawthorn at a human scale, the upper levels talk more to the city.” Here, windows have been carefully placed so residents will enjoy views of the CBD as well as an abundance of natural light.
Located on Burwood Road, the project is ideally positioned to achieve connections to modern conveniences. Residents can grab a coffee from the on-site café before checking out the nearby European-style bustling retail and hospitality precinct of Auburn Village. From homewares stores to boutique outlets specialising in perfumes and independent fashion retailers, this vibrant area is a go-to for many locals.
When it comes to education, Hawthorn has a reputation for being the home of prestigious schools and Pillar of Hawthorn is in close proximity to the best of the best. Scotch College, Carey Baptist Grammar, and Methodist Ladies’ College as well as Auburn Primary School and Glenferrie Primary School — all are either within walking distance or only a short drive away. For higher education, the University of Swinburne is only a six-minute walk from the project’s doorstep.
On top of these modern urban conveniences, Pillar of Hawthorn residents will find commuting easy. The Auburn train station only a 2 minute walk away, and trams run frequently along nearby Glenferrie Road.