A Sustainable Penthouse Apartment In The Heart Of Melbourne – That You Can Stay In!

HV.Hotel is a chic penthouse apartment that’s recently opened its doors for bookings in Melbourne, right across from the city’s iconic South Melbourne markets.

But beyond its convenient location and stylish interiors, the accommodation has also been created by environmentally focused property developers HIP V. HYPE to give guests the opportunity to experience sustainable apartment living firsthand.

It’s fully electric, and has a NatHERS energy rating of 8.1 stars – plus, the incredible rooftop views are an added bonus!

Christina Karras

Roof Yard Details: Plantings by Gardens of the Sun Landscaping. Flint Outdoor Table by TAIT. Sustainably sourced firewood from CERES Fair Wood, supplied by Wood4Good who work to create beautiful and productive forests on existing degraded farmland. Photo – Kate Shanasy. Styling – Jessica Lillico

The building, enabled by HIP V. HYPE, was designed in collaboration with Six Degrees Architects and built by Ironside. Stained glass by Adadaz, lighting by Artefact Industries. Photo – Kate Shanasy. Styling – Jessica Lillico

Photo – Kate Shanasy. Styling – Jessica Lillico

Curtains by SHADES, Australia sofa by Illum Wikkelsø from Great Dane, soft furnishings by IN BED, Sherpa rug by Armadillo, Lavitta lounge chair by Poiat Studio from Great Dane, ceramics by Kirsten Perry, Alterfact, & Mali Taylor from pépite, Tati coffee table from Great Dane, Artwork by Eileen Yaritja Stevens from Vivien Anderson Gallery, Lift & Slide door by BINQ, String System by Great Dane, Volley bar table & stools by TAIT. Photo – Kate Shanasy. Styling – Jessica Lillico

The dining area. Vilda chair by Jonas Bohlin from Great Dane, Johansen dining table from Great Dane, Stangen coat rack from Great Dane, ceramics (L-R) by Emily Ellis from pépite and Botanica vase by Robert Gordon. Photo – Kate Shanasy. Styling – Jessica Lillico

String System by Great Dane, Sherpa rug by Armadillo, Ceramics (second shelf) by Clae and Dasa, Ceramics (third shelf) by Simone Karras from pépite, Iconic Melbourne Wooden Toy Tram. Photo – Kate Shanasy. Styling – Jessica Lillico

Volley bar table & stools by TAIT, Lift & Slide door by BINQ, Stelton Jug and glassware by Iittala from MAKE Designed Objects, String System by Great Dane, Mr Kitly x Decor Selfwatering Plant Pots, ceramics by Mali Taylor from pépite. Photo – Kate Shanasy. Styling – Jessica Lillico

Photo – Kate Shanasy. Styling – Jessica Lillico

Bed by Great Dane, Linen & Cushions by IN BED, Artwork by Sonia Kurarra from Vivien Anderson Gallery, JWDA Table Lamp by MENU, Glassware by Iittala from MAKE Designed Objects. Photo – Kate Shanasy. Styling – Jessica Lillico

Handmade ceramic basin by Robert Gordon Interiors, tapware by Brodware, ceramics (L-R) by Mari Masot & Kirsten Perry from pépite. Photo – Kate Shanasy. Styling – Jessica Lillico

Christina Karras
1st of March 2023

The couple behind HIP V. HYPE weren’t always in the business of sustainable consulting and property development. In fact, their interest in the industry started while travelling the world as professional skiers.

Founder Liam Wallis spent 10 years as a freeride skier and coach, while director of projects Katya Crema was also an elite athlete in the sport, representing Australia (twice!) at the Winter Olympics. Impressively, it was during this time that they both decided to study architecture and property at the University of Melbourne.

‘Our years of travelling across Europe, North America and Japan in harsh mountain climates exposed us to exceptional, high-quality apartment design,’ Katya says. ‘We now integrate many of these features into our own projects here in Melbourne.’

HIP V. HYPE have since completed a number of sustainable builds – including the Ferrars & York building in South Melbourne. And now, they’re hoping to champion low-impact living in a new way, opening the penthouse of this inner-city complex as a new accomodation, the HV.Hotel.

‘The idea for HV.Hotel was born out of an awareness that unfortunately very few people actually get to experience what it’s like to live in a highly sustainable apartment,’ Katya explains. ‘The concept is based on HIP V. HYPE’s strong belief that the buildings we choose to live in can drive the positive impact our cities deserve.’

That’s why the apartment makes no compromise between sustainability and style. Beyond the light-filled interiors, timber features and covetable collection of Australian art, it has a fully electric kitchen, and uses passive design principles that have earned the abode an 8.1 stars NatHERS rating! They’ve also opted into GreenPower, which helps grow the demand for renewable energy.

Katya says ‘seeing is believing’ when it comes to inspiring sustainable change, and whilst you can’t necessarily see some of these features, you can ‘feel them when you’re in the space’.

‘Despite its proximity to the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s CBD, the apartment is so remarkably quiet,’ she adds. ‘With the windows closed, you wouldn’t even know the city is on your doorstep. The air feels fresh, with constant filtered air supply running through the Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV).’

‘During a stay at HV.Hotel, guests can experience the benefits of living in a sustainable home firsthand: more consistent internal temperatures, enhanced acoustic performance, fresher air, lower energy use and a lower carbon footprint.’

Thoughtful additions like a market bag also encourage low-waste living, so that visitors can head across the road to explore the world of local, fresh produce the famous South Melbourne markets.

They’ve made the most of its location with a private outdoor balcony, but guests also get access to the building’s communal roof yard where you can chat with residents, or take in the changing colours of the night sky amid the city’s sparkling lights!

Book your stay at HV.Hotel online here

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