Shustin was founded with a goal to create homes that are carefully considered and expertly crafted, with a focus on uncompromising quality and exceptional design. Our commitment to creating homes of distinction extends to every aspect of a project—from hand-selecting ideal locations, to partnering with neighbouring artisans and using bespoke materials, furnishings and finishes. Working diligently on projects from concept through to completion, we pride ourselves on building homes of the highest possible standard that enhance everyday life, elevate the streetscape, and bring value to our favourite neighbourhoods.
Cheah Saw Architecture is a Melbourne-based studio led by award-winning architects Eugene Cheah and Joanne Saw. Founded in 2016, the team has worked on a range of projects across Australia and internationally—each driven by a goal to craft memorable and engaging experiences through intelligent, evocative design that addresses the needs of contemporary life. This thoughtful and rigorous approach has led to awards in Australia, Asia and Europe.
Shustin sought to create a residential project that would capture the comfort and amenity of living in this neighbourhood of treelined streets. The experiences of living in a house in this locality, were to be translated into this residential development. The architecture had to convey a sense of permanence and solidity, with the open spaces and greenery of the suburb echoed in the lush planting woven through the building.
The result is a collection of seven individual homes, composed into a cohesive whole. On the ground floor, dwellings are surrounded by extensive private gardens. On levels 1 and 2, generous outdoor spaces are framed by planters and greenery. Each dwelling is on a corner, with 2, 3 or 4 different aspects, similar to a house.
From the street, the building is composed as a singular residential building, not a stack of apartments. The internal and external spaces are seamlessly composed, and the exterior of the building reads as a unified whole
The project sits comfortably in a neighbourhood of masonry houses, tied to its context by materiality and geometry. Brick work is used throughout, in the traditional expression of mass and weight, as well as suspended and cantilevered as allowed by contemporary construction methodologies. The pitched roofs of the neighbourhood are translated and abstracted into the angled and chamfered geometry of the building.
Balconies are designed as outdoor rooms, extensions of the internal living spaces – protected by solid walls and planters, and open to the sky. The architecture frames balcony and window openings, creating a sense of privacy and directing views.