Project Overview

Woven into Richmond’s eclectic urban fabric, MATTONE brings a sense of refined modernity to the rich density of its surroundings. The collection of 10 architecturally designed residences have been developed in a like-minded collaboration with MAArchitects to gesture the heritage of their streetscape while articulating the rarity of their location within a quiet urban pocket with its own park.

Reflecting the nearby pocket park, a layered approach to garden design leverages lightweight fences which encourage vertical growth, seasonal planting for evolving year-round beauty, and pergolas which provide privacy within large, private front gardens.

All residences are unified by their filtering of light, expansive ceiling heights and the considered orientation of terraces, courtyards, windows, and balconies to simultaneously coax natural light, frame views, activate communal thoroughfares and maintain privacy.

All homes include:
– An average of 7.6 and up to 7.9 NatHERS energy rating
– 10-year build warranty
– No combustible cladding
– Full height glazed sliding doors with seamless transition between inside and outside
– Expansive ceiling heights to each residence
– Solar PV system to each home
– 50-week defect period
– Sound and fireproof parti-walls
– Off-street carparking.




Developed by: @cadreproperty
Designed by: @maarchitects
Landscape designed by: @florian____wild
Built by: @tycorp_construction

Project Brief

MATTONE brings together an eminent team of design and construction who share an affinity for human-focused development and an intent to improve Melbourne’s built landscape. MATTONE, derived from the Italian word for ‘brick,’ takes cues from the surrounding materiality balanced by geometric volumes, linear form, and a continuation of the neighbourhoods leafy ambiance through an emphasis on landscaping. This mediation between existing and new has informed the approach across the team of creators, to realise a collection of innovative residences which seamlessly integrate into their locale.

The initiatives highlighted at MATTONE by CADRE demonstrate the company's commitment to sustainability and innovation in the construction industry. As we become more educated on the issues that face future generations, we have implemented a range of measures to reduce the environmental impact of MATTONE by CADRE and future projects.

The key to our approach revolves around facade first in conjunction with the use of sustainable building materials, passive energy systems (solar panels) and water sensitive urban design. The most important part however was the research and development to create cutting-edge energy efficient building solutions within the envelope of existing development approvals at no additional cost to the purchasers.

Additionally, the company is dedicated to promoting the health and wellbeing of the future residents through the 20-minute community which will be essential to the growth of our great city. These initiatives demonstrate MATTONE by CADRE industry leadership and excellence in the category of sustainability and innovation.

Project Innovation/Need

MATTONE "For-the-Future" initiative was developed in response to growing concerns about climate change homes for-the-future & the impact of the construction and property development industry on the environment. As the world becomes increasingly aware of the need to reduce carbon emissions and adopt more sustainable practices, the development industry is under pressure to respond with innovative solutions.

In Melbourne, townhouse purchasers are looking more for sustainability features in their homes for several reasons. Firstly, Melbourne has experienced significant population growth over the past decade, resulting in increased demand for housing. As a result, developers are under pressure to build more efficiently /sustainably to meet this demand while reducing their impact on the environment without the additional costs.

Secondly, Melbourne experiences frequent heatwaves & extreme weather events, highlighting the need for more energy-efficient homes that can withstand changing weather patterns. Consumers are increasingly aware of the need for sustainable features such as solar panels, rainwater harvesting systems and energy-efficient appliances to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on household bills utility bills.

Finally, there is a growing trend towards sustainable living among younger generations, who are more aware of the impact of their lifestyle choices on the environment. This trend is driving demand for sustainable housing options that offer the latest in environmentally friendly design and construction The For-the-future initiative is designed to meet this demand by offering sustainable townhouses that are both energy-efficient and cost-effective.

Design Challenge

The MATTONE “For the Future" initiative was developed to address the growing demand for sustainable housing options in Melbourne. CADRE recognised the need to reduce its environmental impact while also meeting the demands of consumers for highly energy-efficient that didn’t cost more than one that didn’t!.

The solution was to develop a range of smart design features that would have maximum value in reducing energy demand, along with promoting the wellbeing of the city through the use of highly sustainable locations.
MATTONE's objective was to create a highly energy-efficient design offering that was achievable within the existing planning envelope, creating sustainable townhouses that reduce the environmental impact during construction by implementing all the design changes necessary without increasing the cost. CADRE also promoted the importance of the health and wellbeing of residents through the promotion of ‘living locally’ in a 20-minute neighbourhood.

CADRE ensured the value proposition was met. Sustainable building materials and design features to reduce our environmental impact. We looked into energy efficient appliances to reduce utility bill costs. The innovation of design solutions to maximise space and functionality.

Overall, the "For the Future" initiative has demonstrated the ability of the construction industry to respond to the challenges of sustainability and innovation. The use of sustainable building materials and energy-efficient design features has set a new standard for construction practices, while the promotion of employee health and wellbeing has contributed to a positive work environment.

Future Impact

The MATTONE "For the Future" initiative had a positive economic impact on the community in several ways. One key impact was job creation. The initiative created jobs in the construction industry, including employment for builders, contractors, and other workers involved in the construction process. The use of sustainable building materials and design features also created new opportunities for suppliers and manufacturers of these products, supporting local businesses and creating additional jobs in the supply chain.

Another economic impact of the initiative was increased property values. The incorporation of sustainable design features and energy-efficient appliances into the townhouses made them more desirable to purchasers, increasing demand and driving up property values in the area. This has a positive knock-on effect on the wider community, including local businesses and the local economy.

One key outcome was the reduction of carbon emissions and energy consumption in the townhouses. The incorporation of sustainable design features, such as solar panels and energy-efficient appliances, reduced the carbon footprint of the buildings, contributing to a more sustainable built environment in Melbourne.

At MATTONE you can live a healthier life by taking advantage of your local community, improving your own health and wellbeing. The 20-minute neighbourhood is all about ‘living locally’ — giving people the ability to meet most of their daily needs within a 20-minute return walk from home, with access to safe cycling and local transport options - aiding in reduced emissions.

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