An Expression of Values – Otter Place by Milieu

Words by Hayley Curnow
Architecture by Hassell
Interior Design by DesignOffice
Development by Milieu
Images Courtesy of Milieu
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Set in the heart of Melbourne’s bustling Collingwood, Otter Place exemplifies developer Milieu’s design-centric and socially-driven ethos – a culmination of the company’s 10 years in creative property development.

With an emphasis on the value of good design and amenity, Milieu’s ambition to cultivate an everyday culture of design has driven collaborations with respected architects and designers, creating place-specific developments that respectfully engage with context. For the latest project, Otter Place, Milieu partnered with Hassell and long-standing collaborator DesignOffice to consolidate and express principles of inner-suburban liveability.

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Driven by DesignOffice and Hassell’s expertise in human-centred design, the interiors of Otter Place are cleverly planned to optimise natural light, encourage adaptability and craft an atmosphere of joy and comfort.

The architecture of Otter Place responds to the suburban vernacular in scale and form, while turning its head to the city. Hassell has shrouded the podium levels in white glazed bricks in a tender reference to Collingwood’s gritty, post-industrial masonry. Above, a glazed ‘box’ creates a sleek counterbalance that celebrates the site’s neighbourhood outlook and striking CBD views.

Driven by DesignOffice and Hassell’s expertise in human-centred design, the interiors of Otter Place are cleverly planned to optimise natural light, encourage adaptability and craft an atmosphere of joy and comfort. A foundation of quality materials – including European oak, linished stainless steel, exposed concrete, stained timber, natural stone and granite – is designed for longevity, inviting occupants to layer and personalise their spaces to suit their individual needs.