Mulberry in Dickson’s new Soho precinct combines modern urban living with interiors designed by Block Judge Darren Palmer

Sophia Brady 12 July 2018
Mulberry an artists impression. Image: Supplied

Mulberry an artist’s impression. Image: Supplied.

It’s an exciting time for Canberra as the city experiences renewal, investment and growth. The city’s second century will finally see the advent of the light rail and with it the revitalisation of Northbourne Avenue which is set to create an impressive new gateway into the city, providing a real sense of arrival.

Gone are the old Dickson Towers and Karuah public housing blocks and in its place, local developers the Art Group have reimagined the area and unveiled their plans for Soho. The new precinct is a 2.9-hectare estate due to be completed in 2020 and will be transformational for Dickson with residential and commercial buildings.

Wayne Harriden, Executive Director, Project Marketing at Independent Property Group, said at the launch “When you buy into a precinct you get everything else that comes with a precinct. So there’s going to be commercial areas in here, there’s going to be cafes, there’s going to be lifestyle, there’s going to be open spaces, there’s going to be heritage-listed buildings that are going to be reinvigorated through commercial and office spaces, so you are getting a lot more than just buying into a development – that’s the difference. And the community – I mean, living in an apartment can be quite isolating, and quite lonely. And people who’ve moved out of a suburb and into an apartment all of a sudden miss that sense of community, but when you have a precinct (meeting places, coffee shops, and all that sort of thing) you create a community and people want to be a part of that.”

Mulberry - an artists impression

Mulberry – an artist’s impression.

Mulberry is the first development in the Soho estate to be released to market. The 409 apartment home complex is located at the southernmost site of the block and will form part of the residential wing of Soho. There will be five separate buildings at Mulberry and at its centre will be private gardens, boasting lush exotic plants. Upstairs, three rooftop gardens will offer a range of private outdoor spaces for residents to enjoy.

An assortment of world-class innovative handpicked features has been chosen for the complex catering to the way modern people live, including lower cost utilities through Embedded Networks that provide power, hot water and internet services. Electric bikes will also be provided for the exclusive and convenient use of residents that, coupled with the light rail system within easy access, will eliminate the need and cost of running a car.

Inside, the apartment homes have been created for liveability. They are wide, maximising the light in each room. Darren Palmer, one of Australia’s most prominent interior designers and judge on the television show the Block, was responsible for crafting the interiors and optional furniture package.

Mulberry - an artists impression

Mulberry – an artist’s impression.

“There are three schemes in Mulberry, all playing with contrast. There are two low contrast options, one is a muted light neutral palette, the other is a mid to dark grey palette. These two palettes are balanced and feature lots of consistency across the flooring, cabinets and bench top colours and materials, reflecting popular and timeless interior schemes that are desirable and liveable. The third palette is a high contrast palette of walnut and warm white. The walnut featured is very much influenced by interior and kitchen trends from Europe. It is possibly the more cutting edge of the three schemes but also features enough of the popular neutral palette to work with any home owner’s furniture and decor desires” said Darren.

“I wanted to create homes that felt fresh, contemporary, comfortable, inviting and provided every owner with the best experience for their new home or investment. I have chosen durable and long lasting inclusions but have also been careful to provide a real connection to the Australian landscape through the use of timber and timber-look laminates. Each scheme features a very natural feeling whilst also focusing on usability, functionality and livability.”

Darren Palmer at the launch of Soho. Photo: Danielle Jukic.

Darren Palmer at the launch of Soho. Photo: David Beach.

Wayne Harriden, Brett Smith, Darren Palmer and Johnny Rosso. Photo: Danielle Jukic

Wayne Harriden, Brett Smith, Darren Palmer and Johnny Rosso. Photo: David Beach.

For further information on Soho, visit the website.

To speak to an agent, contact Independent Property Group – Paul Corazza 0418 632 217 or Robert Potts 0408 626 096.

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