South Melbourne's City Edge, built in the early '70s, is inner-city medium-density housing at its finest, with its 'urban village' design by Daryl Jackson and Evan Walker rendering it a landmark development of its time. Rachel Elliot-Jones and photographer Tom Ross head to City Edge to chat with residents about City Edge's significance and value to Melbourne's built heritage
In this special This Vertical Life feature, Assemble Papers editor Sara Savage meets some of the remaining residents at the Sirius public housing building in Sydney, who for the last three years has been fighting the NSW government's decision to sell the building (as well as hundreds of other properties in the wider Millers Point area) to make way for luxury apartments
Designed by Brunswick-based Breathe Architecture, The Commons is a considered alternative to the rapid-fire inner city multi-residential developments of the 1990s and early 2000s. Environmental and social sustainability is at the core of The Commons’ architecture, so much so that Breathe’s Jeremy McLeod has moved not only his practice, but his family, into the building
Best known for his later work on the Victorian Arts Centre and National Gallery, it was between 1939 and 1941 architect Roy Grounds finessed his trademark Modernist style on a series of apartment buildings in and around Melbourne's inner southern suburbs. James Stephens and James Geer explore one of the most iconic, Toorak's Moonbria, an ode to Grounds' enduring architectural legacy.
Winter Park: a place where small scale suburban life co-exists harmoniously with the neighbouring flora and fauna. A pioneering feat of its time, Emma Whiffen explores this innovative 1970s design in Doncaster, which focuses on landscaping by integrating the surrounding parklands and bush into the housing complex as a shared space for its residents
Continuing our biography of vertical life in Melbourne, we explore the past and present of the Beverley Hills in South Yarra. Completed in the 1930s, Beverley Hills brought a touch of Los Angeles glamour (and thrifty brick-recycling) to sombre, Depression-era Melbourne. Elizabeth Kulas speaks with current residents about the practicalities of living at density, in cinematic style