Masterplan

Born out of the award-winning partnership of MAB Corporation and MCR, Academy brings together apartments, split level homes, townhouses, home offices and shared green spaces across low-rise campus-style buildings.

Driven by architectural excellence, inspired by local heritage, committed to sustainability and proudly looking forward, Academy is a new home of intelligent living.

  • Residents of northern facing apartments in the Burgan building will have a serene view of the Molesworth Street pocket garden. Curated by TCL, the garden is yet another space that will provide lovely green outlooks for residents.

  • Three-bedroom Academy split-level homes on Abbotsford Street feature private street entries, with separate living and bedroom zones. These innovative designs provide a range of choices for downsizers and families.

  • A defining feature at Academy is the shared rooftop gardens and BBQ area on each building. Award winning landscape architects, TCL, has studied the local trees, plants and materials of North Melbourne and reflected them in the Academy rooftop gardens. Open lawn, established trees, bushes and planted gardens all provide natural dividers between areas so residents can occupy different zones.

  • With open air corridors and as few as six apartments per level, Academy is a very intimate setting. Views of the sky are possible from every vantage and are framed by landscaping that grows up through the courtyard, and light and ventilation are abundant.

  • The new café and sunny piazza at the west end of the Wood Street Gardens will be the ideal meeting spot for a morning coffee or an early evening drink with friends.

  • Academy has been designed to support a diverse cohort of residents, school families and small businesses. Engaging and connected public spaces, such as the new Wood Street Gardens will provide a sanctuary for the local community.

  • Set to be delivered by the State Government within the Academy masterplan is a new campus of North Melbourne Primary School which will open to students in early 2023. Bordered by Hardwicke and Molesworth streets, the campus incorporates both kindergarten and primary years surrounded by various landscaped play spaces.

  • At the southern end of Abbotsford Street is a series of three boutique shopfronts, which have been designed to provide a small, local retail strip for the community. These shopfronts, combined with the home offices and café will see Academy foster a quality local business community, to the benefit of residents.

  • Flanked by native gums that line the Street, each Haines Street townhouse has a peaceful sense of arrival with a gated and secure walk-up entry through a private courtyard.

  • The Haines Street Garden illustrates TCLs intention to create landscapes around the buildings that act as places of delight and respite from the urban environment, and places that can offer a green outlook for all residents.

Intelligent living

Academy’s high quality urban design focuses on providing outstanding living conditions for residents, and enjoying with nature within Academy’s relaxed garden setting. Each building responds to its surroundings with connections through intimate and secure shared spaces, providing the opportunity to meet neighbours or enjoy a secluded spot in the sun.

Exhibiting an innovative architectural form and design language that responds to its immediate site contexts, Academy presents an integrated, yet striking addition to this treasured pocket of North Melbourne.