“When you’re purchasing a new place, you have the security of the manufacturer’s warranty.”
Lucy, Kay & Burton Client

Lucy has just purchased an apartment off the plan in Decibel Architecture’s CV Windsor. Located on Punt Road in Windsor, the two-bedroom two-bathroom 92 square metre apartment with a generous balcony of 20 square metres, came after a considerable search. “I was looking for an apartment in the $750K to $950K range. Many were ‘horrible’, virtually ‘unliveable’. And many were just very exposed to neighbours. It was like your entire life was on display,” says Lucy, who was looking for a centrally located apartment close to public transport. Others were tempting, but often well beyond her budget. “One that I saw was priced at between $900K and $990K and sold at auction for $1.3 million,” she adds.

Working in the construction industry, Lucy can easily read floor plans and knew what she was looking for: a generous kitchen that allowed her to cook and entertain friends and family, with adequate bench space to support this (the unit she purchased has an extended island bench that allows people to gather around for a pre-dinner drink). Lucy was also impressed with the size of the two bedrooms and, importantly, the amount of both wardrobe and storage space. “I’m in my late 30s. I come with stuff, with some things that I use every day, and others, like my Esky, that I might only use twice a year.” She also wanted a low-maintenance apartment, but one that was large enough to have friends over (a separate private function/dining area that can be pre-booked is part of the ground floor and there’s also a communal rooftop garden, with BBQ facilities, which offers outstanding city views).

Lucy was also keen to buy an apartment rather than inherit someone else’s handiwork, whether that meant shoddy plumbing or cheap joinery. “When you’re purchasing a new place, you have the security of the manufacturer’s warranty.” And while there’s a short wait to move in (with the development expected to be complete by the end of 2021 and the move by early February 2022), Lucy is already seeing what furniture will fit and what, if any, needs to be purchased. Before signing up, Lucy measured up all her furniture from the plans she was given and also took measurements of the floor plans and compared these to her apartment nearby that’s she’s currently renting. “I really object to renting, simply helping someone else pay off their mortgage,” she says.

Lucy has been in the property market since she graduated from university in 2004, owning a couple of apartments over the years. She enjoys telling the story of her mother who had the opportunity of buying a block of land at Rainbow Beach in southeast Queensland or alternatively buying a car in her early years. “My mother bought the car and she continually tells me that it’s something she regrets,” says Lucy, who appreciates the facilities for bikes at the new development.

Working in the construction industry, Lucy can easily read floor plans and knew what she was looking for: a generous kitchen that allowed her to cook and entertain friends and family, with adequate bench space to support this (the unit she purchased has an extended island bench that allows people to gather around for a pre-dinner drink).

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We wanted to make sure each apartment came with views, cross ventilation and generous light.

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A separate private function/dining area that can be pre-booked is part of the ground floor and there’s also a communal rooftop garden, with BBQ facilities, which offers outstanding city views.

Visit the CV Windsor website

Architect Dylan Brady, who calls himself the ‘conductor’ of Decibel Architecture (as he’s always waving his hands around) and also the practice’s director, is familiar with working on challenging sites and buildings. Dylan was the project architect for the facades for Melbourne’s highly complex Federation Square (1997-2022) and has worked on a number of other complicated projects, including the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital in Jurong, Singapore and the Wugjin Cultural Arts Centre in China. The Wugjin Lotus and Phoenix Cultural centres, including theatres and galleries were also monumental projects for Decibel Architecture, whose design studio is in Melbourne but collaborates with studios overseas.

The CV Windsor on Punt Road Windor, just south of High Street, exemplifies Brady’s experience, working on a relatively tight site on a busy thoroughfare. “We wanted to make sure each apartment came with views, cross ventilation and generous light for all the apartments (61 one, two and three-bedroom apartments). The planning was critical. The bedrooms for example, aren’t ‘snorkelled’ behind living areas,” says Brady, who included generous balconies as well as winter gardens at CV Windsor. Decibel Architecture was also mindful of people now working more often from home, and included separate lounge and dining areas to allow catch up with colleagues, along with a communal rooftop garden. “The apartments are far from ‘cookie cutter’ and are uniquely individual” he adds.

While not quite as complex as Federation Square, the angular balconies also ensure privacy, together with maximum sunlight and views. “And of course, you can’t beat this location, near St Kilda and so close to the city,” adds Dylan.

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