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Nature, wellbeing and architecture - what do they all have in common? The answer: The Wilds.

This new project in leafy Northcote (an inner Melbourne suburb for those who aren't familiar) features 15 architecturally designed, detached houses, each with direct access to the tranquil Merri Creek. Drawing inspiration from a study by T Hartig, the homes, designed by Edition Office, were intended to take advantage of nature's restorative quality on mental wellbeing.

The findings of the study were that those exposed to views and murals of waterscapes had significantly improved attention spans.

"These findings informed the design, which positions each frontage to face Merri Creek, allowing residents to enjoy scenic views and reap the therapeutic benefits of being situated at the water's edge."

The frontage of each home is aligned toward the creek, with kitchens and living spaces deliberately positioned to allow residents to enjoy views and a flow of spaces while they gather and cook.

Immersed in nature, this project seamlessly blends between contemporary interior design with the timeless tranquility of the Australian bush, but with the all-important added benefit of being only moments from Northcote's inner-city conveniences.

“Residents will feel as though they are immersed in nature, yet the hustle and bustle of city life is only 3-kilometres away, easily accessible by train or via the Capital City Trail bike path. We felt it important to create a product that caters to this shift in lifestyle demands; those who seek a tree change but want to be close to the city, whether it be for work commitments or for entertainment purposes,” says Executive Director of Beulah, Adelene Teh.

Find out more about the project here.


WORDS | Lucy Francis

IMAGES | Supplied


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