October 04, 2022

In The Press – Architecture for the ages at Argyle Sq in Carlton

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This article first appeared on Domain, written by Kate Jones.

Carlton’s turn of the century terraces and well-to-do mansions have long attached a sense of prestige to the 3053 postcode. In recent years the cityside suburb has also become something of a hotspot for downsizers keen to nab an apartment amid the heritage architecture.

And it’s this architecture that’s inspired the design team behind the new apartment complex Argyle Sq on Cardigan Street.

People like Carlton for a variety of reasons, and there’s no doubt that the architecture is one of those reasons, so it would be stupid to put a spaceship in the streetscape,”
Andrew Norbury - Architect, Metier3

The lobby is the showpiece of the nine-story building. With a wrought-iron gate, a series of arched passageways and European-style finishes, it creates a definite sense of entrance.

Carlton’s universities and schools inspired the interior design of the lobby to include a library with wall-to-wall bookshelves and plush lounges.



Shared spaces give residents of the 79 apartments a variety of spaces in which to unwind or entertain. They include a steam room, infrared sauna, cinema and co-shared office space.

There are convenient extras such as two parcel lockers, including one that’s refrigerated to store food deliveries.

Argyle Sq has been designed with laneways giving access to Swanston Street, making getting around Carlton even easier. They come in addition to proximity to so many iconic venues – 750 metres to the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, 1.2 kilometres to the city and just 700 metres to the nearest tram stop.

At a glance

Argyle Sq, 121 Cardigan Street, Carlton

Architect: Metier3

Developer: Havenport

Number of residences: 71 – 23 one-bed, 26 two-bed, 23 three-bed apartments

Internal sizes (sqm): One-bed apartments 53-69; up to three-bed apartments 149-236

Prices: $535,000-$11.725m

Completion estimate: February 2024

Agent: Marshall White Projects, Ranko Cvjeticanin – 0451 153 833

Open for inspection: Display suite at 188 Lygon Street, Carlton, Saturdays 10am to noon.