High Density Happiness - Neometro
Feature Article
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Photography Derek Swalwell & Dave Kulesza
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Happiness comes from within but as Neometro founding director Jeff Provan knows all too well, our happiness is also highly influenced by the places in which we live and work.

“We all deserve to live in a space which has amenity and a feeling of home, and it has to be a beautiful place to live,” Jeff says. With this in mind, Jeff and fellow director James Tutton have worked to ensure Neometro designs environments for people to live happily within, regardless of scale.

We All Deserve To Live In A Space Which Has Amenity And A Feeling Of Home, And It Has To Be A Beautiful Place To Live,” Jeff Says
Happiness Comes From Within But As Neometro Founding Director Jeff Provan Knows All Too Well, Our Happiness Is Also Highly Influenced By The Places In

From the start, Neometro has been a collaborative of designers, architects, artists, consultants, clients, authorities and end users – with Jeff and James conducting and facilitating all of these aspects. “In that role, it was crucial for us to have a vision,” Jeff says.

“All along, the vision has been informed and extended by the practice: we see every building as a prototype and have learnt from our experiences. What’s more, across three decades we have watched our buildings develop their own personalities via the people who live there,” he continues.

“all Along, The Vision Has Been Informed And Extended By The Practice We See Every Building As A Prototype And Have Learnt From Our Experiences.
Photography by Derek Swallwell.
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A 2009 Neometro development, Harper Lane in St Kilda.

A bad building can be in situ for a very long time, affecting how a community lives and engages in its surrounds. Neometro stands out for its ability to share the positive lessons it has learned with the wider building and design industry to encourage positive housing outcomes. “We are always thinking about past lessons and improving our offering and this organic process has led Neometro to where we are today,” Jeff reflects.

“We all deserve to live in a space which has amenity and a feeling of home, and it has to be a beautiful place to live.”

A recent example is Neometro’s collaboration with award-winning Clare Cousins Architects at Brunswick’s 17 Union St. Only a limited number of apartments remain at the project, where a series of beautiful, flexible and liveable apartments are created to stand the test of time.

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Set within the residential extension of one of Fitzroy’s prominent early-twentieth-century buildings, Smith Street is an apartment designed by Neometro in association with Grant Amon Architects and MA Architects.
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All six homes of Six Brookville Road have been designed with generous outdoor spaces that extend living areas; the penthouse boasts an expansive terrace that wraps around the entire perimeter of the building.

“I was excited to work with Neometro on 17 Union St,” says Clare Cousins. “They’re highly respected, and leaders in the field.” The energy-efficient interiors and smart use of space give a nuanced residential experience with a natural sense of flow and will be pleasurable places to live for many decades to come.

“We are always thinking about past lessons and improving our offering and this organic process has led Neometro to where we are today.”

By working collaboratively to harness the power of design, 17 Union St is a compelling chapter in the story of the evolution of Neometro and is the embodiment of the concept of ‘High Density Happiness’ for which it is known.

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17 Union Street is a collaboration between Melbourne’s leading design advocates – Neometro, BKK Architects and Clare Cousins Architects.
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The apartments of Nine Smith Street have been tailored to their context, with street-level interaction a priority.
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Neometro stands out for its ability to share the positive lessons it has learned with the wider building and design industry to encourage positive housing outcomes.

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With Jeff And James Conducting And Facilitating All Of These Aspects. “in That Role, It Was Crucial For Us To Have A Vision,” Jeff Says.
Jeff Provan, Founding Director of Neometro.

Jeff Provan and fellow director James Tutton have worked to ensure Neometro designs environments for people to live happily within, regardless of scale.

Published 9 September, 2019
Photography  Derek Swalwell & Dave Kulesza
Open Floating Magazine2
As seen in the local project magazine Volume 01
Volume 01 contains just over 200 pages of inspiring, informative and engaging content curated by The Local Project.
The magazine explores a wonderfully diverse world of design, but uniting each feature is a human-centered approach to design. By which we simply mean, design that looks beyond the immediate moment and toward the broader context of human experience - of place, of history, of materiality and of culture.
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