Toorak + Dickens

The proposed development of Toorak & Dickens offers a refined collection of apartments and townhouses targeted at the growing down-sizer market. This new typology challenges the modern conception of what apartment and townhouse living is all about. A collection of 37 boutique apartment-style homes and townhouses serviced by a variety of unique on site amenities including, gymnasium, dedicated bicycle areas and communal garden spaces.

With a focus on providing a new standard of living, the proposal strives to set a new benchmark in environmentally sustainable design, with initiatives like the revolutionary grey water heat recovery system, rooftop solar panel farms and significant recycled water facilities.

Of these initiatives, we have successfully integrated brand new SHARC Energy Systems technology, aptly named the PIRANHA System. New to the market, it is a wastewater heat exchange system specifically designed for multi-residential buildings. It promotes numerous environmental and energy-saving benefits as it uses the heat contained in waste water to raise the ambient temperature of fresh hot water use. Water heating represents some of the highest operating costs for buildings and the PIRANHA works to significantly reduce these costs, and the carbon footprint.

We have carefully considered the urban scale and worked tirelessly to deliver an innovative architectural response to the dynamic site conditions.

With the Toorak Road corner adorned by an open facade highlighted by natural timber cladding, sweeping eaves and exposed off-form concrete columns. This transitions effortlessly into the brick and timber contemporary apartments abutting the residential interfaces on Toorak Road and Dickens Street.

Finally, each apartment extends into the Camberwell greenery with expansive balconies that feature views to the city and the Dandenong Ranges. At ground level large, lush courtyards accompany each dwelling, fostering a dialogue between the interiors and the landscape.

Project Details


Camberwell, Melbourne



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PIRANHA Energy System
Rainwater Harvesting
Water Storage