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Marjorie Oke Apartments

Client Unison
Status Completed 2021
Country Wurundjeri
Location Fairfield
Four level new apartment block next to heritage brick two storey apartment building
Timber overhead detailing above entry to apartment building, letterboxes out front
Two storey brick heritage building with arched windows upstairs and brick archwork downstairs
Closer image of multi-storey apartment block next to heritage red brick two-storey apartment building
Red brick apartment building entry connection with new four storey apartment building
New four storey apartment building in brick and fibre cement sheet cladding
heritage red brick apartment building upstairs arched windows
Old dark timber staircase in brightened stairwell, stained glass in landing windows
Box bay window with stained glass and internal fretwork
Bright apartment kitchen with grey cupboards, white tiles, overlooking bay window
Status Completed 2021
Client Unison
Country Wurundjeri
Location Fairfield
Budget $ 7.5 million
Awards 2021 PIA VIC Award for Planning Excellence for Great Place, 2021 UDIA Victoria Award for Excellence – Affordable Development

The Marjorie Oke development is a new $7.5m affordable housing development for Unison, delivering 38 modern, self-contained apartments for women.

Situated in the heart of Fairfield, the project redevelops the former 22-bedroom Victorian heritage rooming house with the addition of a neighbouring four-storey apartment building. The project transforms the rooming house into self contained units, replacing the outdated shared facilities. The redevelopment and expansion modernises the facilities to continue the 100-year history of women’s refuge housing on the site.

Supported by Victorian Government funding, Unison has tasked an experienced team including Reshape Development, Manresa Construction and Foreground Architecture (formerly FMSA Architecture) to deliver the project via a design and construct contract.

Photography: Tom Roe Photography