An urban oasis that never sleeps. Moody, seductive and always surprising. Midnight presents Braddon’s most contemporary fusion of sights, sounds and textures to stimulate every sense, at any hour. With a mix of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, just minutes from the heart of the CBD yet still highly affordable, it puts any notion of ‘sleepy’ Canberra firmly to bed. Forever.
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A New Day Begins at Midnight
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North. South. East. West. Canberra is in the midst of an unparalleled residential transformation. Midnight embodies this urban metamorphosis like no other, driven by the stunning architectural vision of Fender Katsalidis Architects, the same creative minds behind the globally-acclaimed NewActon precinct.
Cast your gaze eastward to Mort Street and beyond and be immersed in the intoxicating creative energy of Braddonâ€™s iconic Lonsdale Street, with a distinctly more creative facade sending the boldest of expressions to the street. The Mort Street frontage is punctuated by an eclectic mix of glazing and raw textures, wrapped in an intriguingly irregular apartment stack to capture the imagination of the outside world.
One Address. Two Statements.
Midnight stands tall as a single address. View further and it reveals a breathtaking duality. Inspired exterior facades deliver two rich facets of modern Canberra seamlessly in one unprecedented design.
A Bold Expression to the Street
To the west experience the everyday bustle of revitalised Northbourne Avenue. Showcasing a striking mix of glass and blade design elements the western frontage is unquestionably modern, yet still quietly understated, entirely in keeping with Northbourne Avenue itself.
This is Midnight Delivering an unprecedented mix of location, design, amenity and value, Midnight presents a rare opportunity for Canberra home buyers. – Mix of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments – Limited number of studio apartments – Double glazing, SMEG appliances, extensive joinery and choice of three interior colour schemes – Limited number of exclusive top floor Penthouses with roof top terraces – Exclusive lounge/executive area for Penthouse residents – Private cabanas and outdoor kitchen facilities overlooking 25-metre lap pool with cascading waterfall into reflection ponds – Gym with state-of-the-art equipment and change room facilities – Completely separate 160-room Abode Hotel with public bars and lounges – Extensive private and public underground parking – Directly adjacent to the Elouera Street light rail stop (due 2019) – 1-minute walk to Lonsdale Street cafes, bars and restaurants – 5-minute walk to the Canberra CBD – 14-minute drive to Canberra Airport
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What was your vision for Midnight?
The result is a blending of two delightfully different worlds in one intriguing modern building.
What was your design approach? The subtly sunken entry lobby creates a different world as visitors descend below street level to be greeted by a series of contemporary lounges, bars and cafés. The north-facing U-shaped footprint harnesses an abundance of natural light for residents to enjoy whatever the season. The hotel offering is discretely situated at the centre of the building, enveloped by the private apartments wrapping the outer edges and separated by double corridors to ensure complete privacy for residents at all times.
What is the most striking feature?
A key figure in some of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary architectural projects. We talk to David Sutherland, Director of Design and Planning for Fender Katsalidis Architects, about the design inspiration behind Midnight.
Without question the centrepiece of Midnight is the enchanting internal courtyard and waterfall. Dark and seductive at any hour, slivers of natural light filter down to the landscaped floor. This will be a beguiling place of sensory delights. This mix of sensations is the very manifestation of Midnight itself and is like no other place in Canberra. You could sit there all day, it’s just delightful.
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Five Minutes with David Sutherland
Distinct, modern and alluring, Midnight’s design vision was inspired by the differing characteristics of the two streets on which it sits: Mort Street on the Braddon side, hip and trendy, and Northbourne Avenue to the west reflecting a more traditional Canberra persona.
Glimpse beyond the captivating exterior of Midnight to be enchanted by an interior world of visual and audible riches. A stunningly-lit internal atrium sits at the core of the Midnight design concept, showcasing ever-changing art and music installations and overlooked by the Level One pool cascading as a waterfall down into the lobby, evoking an almost cave-like experience for residents and visitors alike.
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Beauty Runs Deep
All Pools Are Not Created Equal Feel the stress just wash away as you step into the recreation lounge on level one. Overlooking the central atrium and flanked by private cabanas, this stunningly versatile indoor/ outdoor area boasts a 25-metre pool suitable for the fastest of laps, or the gentlest of splashes.
Youâ€™ll feel as if youâ€™re in a resort, without leaving home.
Blurring Lines. Opening Minds. Experience a contemporary tapestry of private and public living spaces where traditional lines begin to blur. Beyond the stunning atrium and pool, Midnightâ€™s private realm features lifts and meeting spaces and lounges for the use of residents and their guests.
The options are always plentiful. The choice is always yours.
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Thereâ€™s much to admire of its intriguing exterior. Yet thereâ€™s another, equally captivating side to the Midnight story. Step inside and explore a world filled with premium quality appointments, delightful personal touches and subtle surprises at every turn.
Feel Good Inside Your apartment, your way. Thatâ€™s at the heart of the Midnight interior design philosophy.
Experience a breathtaking ensemble of premium quality fittings, appliances and joinery in all apartments.
Individual Flourish Midnight is brimming with high quality inclusions. Yet they each blend seamlessly with three distinctly different interior design styles, offering matching finishes, coverings and appliances to suit your ideal mood and lifestyle.
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01 – Nocturne
02 – Industrialist
03 – Sunshine
Sleek and sophisticated, this boldly modern design scheme oozes a deep inner confidence.
Inspired by urban industrial grunge, this stark and daring ensemble makes an unmistakably creative statement.
Soft, bright and breezy, relax in a holiday-like setting that maximises natural light with a gently contrasting colour palette.
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Apartments Designed for Sound Meet Midnightâ€™s Music & Nightlife Collaborators Photography: Cybele Malinowski
Soundtrack: Life Music makes a rich and vibrant contribution to contemporary living. In recognition of this Midnight has forged a rare partnership with internationally-renowned electronic duo, The Aston Shuffle. This unique collaboration has seen the Canberra-based musicians work closely with Midnight design teams to optimise the acoustic and entertainment experiences for residents and visitors alike. It will also see The Aston Shuffle curate all music and sound installations featured in Midnightâ€™s public spaces, as well as create the ideal sound configurations for the residential apartments and hotel rooms. Longer term, the partnership may even yield a bespoke Midnight recording studio for local and travelling artists.
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Sound has long been the forgotten element in the built environment. To enhance the central role it plays in enlivening experiences, premium SonosÂŽ audio systems have been specified for all apartments, integrated discreetly into the existing ceiling spaces. Other sound-enhancing design features include double glazing in all apartments, together with high quality noise insulation in the walls and floors.
Things really began to take off for you guys in 2008. How much has the Canberra music scene changed since then? It’s changed a lot since we started this crazy journey of a career in music. The dance scene in 2008 had started to emerge from its underground roots but hadn’t yet reached the full mainstream, main stage status it holds today. The scene was relatively small due to Canberra’s size. All the local DJs hit up Landspeed Records on a weekly basis trying to pester the Budak Brothers (which is no easy feat) for the hottest new records blowing up overseas before others got their hands on them. Local street press, like BMA magazine, was the main source of information on upcoming gigs from local and international artists. Fast forward to 2017 and dance music is popular culture, hipsters and collectors are the ones buying records, music news is now delivered by apps, and Canberra artists are ruling the airwaves across the country. We’ve come a long way! 32 Midnight Braddon
Who are The Aston Shuffle? The Aston Shuffle are Mikah Freeman and Vance Musgrove, an electronic music duo originally from Canberra. Multi-talented producers, DJs and musicians, they’ve been making music and performing together for more than a decade. Today they stand at the forefront of Australia’s electronic music scene, hailed by peers around the world for their effervescent house-inspired releases, which have included remixes for acts in the calibre of London Grammar, Empire of the Sun, RÜFÜS and multiple 2016 ARIA winner, Flume. Beyond their live DJ gigs and a recording career that’s delivered two albums and myriad appearances on the iconic Ministry of Sound compilations since 2008, they also host their own weekly dance music show on Triple J, ‘Friday Night Shuffle’.
It’s pretty incredible how fast and how much Braddon has evolved over the last few years! Melbourne and Sydney thrive on these little cultural hubs that have an eclectic mix of cafes, bars, restaurants and retailers sitting right on the doorstep of a sought-after residential area. It’s great because it supports innovative local enterprises instead of larger chains and it also has a great vibe from breakfast through to last drinks. Canberra has been crying out for a neighbourhood like this for a really long time, and Braddon makes perfect sense.
Have you ever played and/or attended a gig in Braddon? We haven’t had the chance to play in Braddon - in our Canberra heyday, the main nightclubs were situated elsewhere in Canberra, but that’s changing now so you might see our name pop up in the Braddon precinct soon!
What do you think of GEOCON’s vision to change the face of residential Canberra to make it more of a global, mature city? We believe Canberra needs visionary developers to help grow its status as a global city, particularly now that the international airport is truly beginning to open us up to the world. It’s high time we break the perception that it’s just a town for politicians and school excursions, and we see Geocon’s work with Midnight as a huge contribution towards this.
Photography: Cybele Malinowski
You’ve seen a lot of the world performing as The Aston Shuffle. Is there a global city or place that Midnight reminds you of? Midnight promises to bring a lifestyle to Braddon that isn’t far removed from somewhere like New York or London. The feeling of living in a vibrant neighbourhood, with bars, cafes and restaurants right at your doorstep – this is what’s so alluring about those cities, and we can see this is exactly what Midnight is going to bring to Braddon. Looking further down the track, Midnight’s proximity to the forthcoming light rail project means that Civic, Dickson and other neighbourhoods will be accessible without a car, and that’s another hallmark of New York and London living that’s going to create an exciting new lifestyle in Canberra, with Midnight sitting right at the centre.
It’s something that’s often overlooked, but why is sound such an important consideration in apartment living? Quite simply, sound is key in helping transform a functional space into a luxurious and sensory environment. Great sound in the home is equal parts separation from the outside world, and create a feeling of sanctuary in your own space, and these two elements enhance all the functions that we need our modern homes to perform.
What does it add to a modern lifestyle? It’s a crucial part of a modern lifestyle. Music used to be something people consumed as a product – something we bought in a physical format, in bricks and mortar stores. In 2017, we carry devices that put millions of albums at our fingertips 24/7, completely on demand, and so music and sound have become more deeply ingrained in our lifestyles than ever before. When done well, music and sound fit seamlessly into a modern home no matter what the mood.
Describe Midnight in three words. Vance: Style, Allure, Sophistication Mikah: Luxury, Sensory, Sexy
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As Canberra locals, what do you think about the way Braddon has evolved during the past decade?
“ Canberra has been crying out for a neighbourhood like this for a really long time.”
Centrally located and brilliantly connected. Midnight puts every corner of Canberra within effortless reach, regardless of your preferred mode of transport, with the new Capital Metro Light Rail Network offering even more possibilities when it opens in 2019.
Be Transported Stroll to the CBD in just minutes along widened tree-lined footpaths. Discover Canberraâ€™s extensive bus, road and cycleway networks just moments from your door. Or make your way via the world-class Capital Metro Light Rail Network stopping along Northbourne Avenue.
Dedicated resident parking as well as a 160 space public underground carpark completes the picture ensuring youâ€™ll never be left scouring for a car space, even on the busiest of Braddon weekends.
Landmark Location. Landmark Opportunity. Midnight is nestled just 600m North of the Canberra CBD.
Light Rail Route
The National University of Australia
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Lake Burley Griffin
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Like its interstate siblings, Sydneyâ€™s Surry Hills and Melbourneâ€™s Prahan, Braddon is where contemporary Canberra comes alive. Recent years have seen this fashionable pocket of the inner north blossom into a cosmopolitan food and shopping haven centred around the iconic strip of Lonsdale Street.
Haigh Park Mandalay Bus Barrio Collective Coffee
Frugii Dessert Laboratory
BentSpoke Brewing Co
Sweet Bones Bakery and Café
Yat Bun Tong Dumpling House The Civic Pub
Hopscotch Marble and Grain
Braddon Rugby League Park
Torens Str eet
Italian and Sons
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The Hamlet Food Truck Park
RYE Café and Bar
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Australian National University
Designer Op Shop
Markus Cla rke Street
Benchmark Wine Bar
Schools & Universities
White Rabbit Cocktail Room
Cream Farmers Daughter
Sage Restaurant & Mint Garden
Beach Burrito Co.
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Canberra Theatre Centre
Myer Canberra Pepe’s Paperie
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The Cupping Room
Digress Cocktail Bar Transit Bar
The Glasshouse Café
Milk Crate Café
To Acton Luckys
Mooseheads Guild Pub & Nightclub
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Nookie Espresso Bar Croissant D’Or
Soi Noodle Bar
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Highball Bistro Express Nguyen’s
Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centre
Hippo and Co
The Canberra Street Theatre
CBD Dumpling House
Jolimont Bus Centre
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Spicy Ginger Cuisine
Zeus Street Greek
Courgette Mr Shabu Shabu
Cha Time ANU Classics Museum
Midnight puts the cream of Canberra’s entertainment and lifestyle precincts within easy walking distance.
You’re So Close
Debacle Grease Monkey
Elk & Pea Tallow & Thyme
Moxom + Whitney Florist
Lonsdale Street Roasters
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Calling All Urban Explorers Whether you spend an hour or the whole day, one of Canberra’s greatest joys is exploring Braddon’s mingled assortment of ultra modern bars, character filled cafés, fine dining restaurants, quirky small businesses, pop-up stores, bakeries and markets. It’s an experience that draws an eclectic and discerning mix of people from all corners of Canberra, day and night – and by calling Midnight home you’ll be living right in the heart of it.
A Scene to Savour
Midnight puts you in the heart of Canberraâ€™s most diverse and inspired dining scene. Peer down any laneway, stroll down any street. Youâ€™ll find new and surprising establishments, with menus to suit every taste and occasion.
You could dine out in Braddon every weekend for a year and still not experience everything. Just as well you live here.
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As the sun sets Braddon rises, with its constantly-evolving fusion of bars, restaurants and music venues assuming a beguiling new persona, each just waiting to be sampled.
Nocturnal Delights Creatures of the night unite. If your pulse rises when night falls, Midnight places you in the epicentre of Canberraâ€™s nocturnal delights. Whatever the company, whatever your mood, the options are as eclectic as the patrons who enjoy them.
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Wherever the Night Takes You Weekend or weekday, kick things off at one of the inner Northâ€™s trendy local pubs or bars, before rendezvousing with friends over dinner, then kicking on at any number of buzzing clubs and world-class music venues.
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Midnight is like no other development in Braddon, or beyond, providing a not-to-be-missed opportunity for discerning Canberra property buyers to be part of something very new, something very different and something very, very special. The Midnight hour is indeed upon us. Be part of it.
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Breathtakingly Modern. Perfectly Situated. Brilliantly Connected. Remarkably Affordable.
Midnight is a key part of it, especially as it’s such a high-profile site in the heart of the inner north. We’re a proud Canberra business and right from the beginning we knew this was a tremendous opportunity to make a real statement of intent about our vision for Canberra’s urban future. When we first sat down with Fender Katsalidis Architects we knew we wanted to be more ambitious and adventurous, stir the pot a little and really get out of our comfort zone. That was the genesis of Midnight and we couldn’t be happier with how it’s progressed ever since. It’s the most intriguing development we’ve ever undertaken, dark and seductive, completely non-typical, which is exactly what we wanted. It’s a fabulous addition, not just to Braddon but all of Canberra.
The inner north isn’t short of residential developments. What sets Midnight apart? First and foremost just look at the design, there’s nothing else like it. But beyond aesthetics the site itself is incredibly exciting. Midnight really does have the prime location of any development in the inner north, nestled perfectly between Northbourne and Lonsdale.
Everything you could possibly want is right at your door. The size of the site also gives Midnight a real advantage. Braddon hasn’t seen this scale of development for a long time, if ever. Historically most developments in the area have been quite ‘boutique’, the apartments are typically very small and expensive which immediately excludes a lot of buyers. Midnight is completely different. I think a lot of people will be pleasantly surprised at the value for money they’ll find here, there’s no need to compromise on location or lifestyle.
Who do you think Midnight is going to appeal to? Midnight is going to appeal to a lot of different buyers. All of the discussions we’ve had to date indicate that pretty clearly. Obviously the penthouses lend themselves to that top end of the market, especially with more and more traditional suburban house owners being drawn towards Braddon and the inner north. I think we’ll see a lot of interest from people whose families have grown up and they’re now looking to downsize. But the great thing about Midnight is its scale which means there’s a fantastic choice of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, offering incredible value. Young professional couples who want to be close to the city and the local nightlife will just love it here. We’re also seeing interest from the parents of university students and investors, again I think that’s a direct result of the prime location. When you add in the new light rail from 2019, it’s hard to beat.
Founder & Managing Director of GEOCON talks to us about Canberra’s future and how Midnight will play a key part of it.
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Midnight is the most intriguing development we have ever undertaken.
GEOCON’s vision is ‘building Canberra.’ How does Midnight fit in with this?
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Canberra-based GEOCON is a powerhouse integrated property enterprise with capabilities across development, construction, hospitality management and investment. Our hallmark is architecturally stunning buildings that deliver a new standard of contemporary living, powered by world-class innovation and refreshingly accessible pricing that redefines urban living for the Canberrans of today and tomorrow. Founded on a strong entrepreneurial culture, we believe in continually breaking new ground. From our earliest days in construction, to the formation of GEOCON a decade ago, we’ve been passionate about our city and building its future. We deliver a level of amenity and quality inclusions that is unparalleled in Canberra. We’re also proud to be leaders in sustainability, client service, project execution and pricing.
Founded on the philosophy of innovation through collaboration, Fender Katsalidis is a highly awarded, multi-disciplinary international design firm whose work influences built environment thinking across the globe. Specialists in multi-residential, cultural and hotel typologies, they seek and deliver holistic solutions in architecture, masterplanning, urban design and interiors – solutions notable not only for their design quality, but also their civic contribution and economic mindfulness. Other high profile projects include Canberra’s acclaimed NewActon precinct and the MONA gallery in Hobart.
Abode Hotels provide a unique offering in accommodation in Canberra; a hotel brand that is modern and convenient, and offers all the comforts of home. Its hotels offer quality accommodation at an affordable price, conveniently located within walking distance to shops, restaurants, gyms and medical centres. Every room is stylishly appointed with a king or queen bed, espresso machine, refrigerator, microwave, flat screen TV, washer, dryer and ensuite bathroom.
OCULUS’s work is an amalgamation of urban design, landscape architecture and architecture itself. Their business is founded on the belief that people and their interactions form the core of great public spaces, with a focus on creating designs that connect people to one another and to the larger environment – a dialogue between the individual and the collective that is physical, sensorial, phenomenal and, at times, indescribable. OCULUS believe that the design of public space is most powerful when the skills and expertise of all disciplines are encouraged to mix freely and openly; when boundaries are blurred and potentials explored.
Infinity is the first of its kind in Gungahlin. At 20 and 22 storeys, the towers will be Canberra’s highest residential buildings – in fact, only the Telstra Tower will stand above the towers on the Canberra skyline.
Tuggeranong is changing and Southport will be a big part of its new direction. The new Southquay precinct will usher in a new style of waterside living long overdue in Canberra’s south.
Infinity will comprise of 1, 2 & 3-bedroom apartments priced from $259,900 and will also include ground floor commercial spaces. A high level of resort style amenities, unlike anything Gungahlin has ever seen, will complete the picture of this 5-star living experience.
Southport will be a beautiful addition to the precinct, with striking but perfectly integrated architectural features. For the residents, Southport will be a focal point for relaxation and recreation, with an unprecedented level of facilities.
Coming home to your apartment in Southport will truly feel like going away – a holiday from the daily stresses of your life.
Currently under construction. Due for completion 2018
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Currently under construction. Due for completion 2017
Republic The architectural firm Fender Katsalidis who are behind Canberra’s NewActon, Melbourne’s Eureka Tower and Hobart’s MONA will be the creative minds behind a Canberra’s newest and most exciting mixed-use precinct – Republic. The exciting new precinct will include public car parking for more than 300 cars; mixed use commercial, retail and enterprise start-up spaces; publicly available gardens, street and amphitheatre and a top floor observatory deck with views over Canberra; residential and serviced apartments; and a 130-room hotel. Launching 2017
Wayfarer Wayfarer is the tallest apartment building in the established areas of Canberra. It’s a place that reaches for new heights in so many ways. With its imposing and beautiful façade, grand entrance, sun-drenched apartments, sky lounge, rooftop pool, and unrivalled views over Canberra, Wayfarer is the epitome of first-class inner-city living. And, with features like over-sized balconies and kitchens designed by renowned chef Tetsuya Wakuda, you can rest assured that Wayfarer is about more than mere aesthetics. Completed 2016
Australiaâ€™s most thriving city The numbers speak for themselves. Canberra is growing up, fast, as it continues to evolve into a vibrant and modern city. It today boasts one of the most dynamic property markets anywhere in Australia with Braddon perfectly located at its beating heart.
ACT Population by 2019 +50,350 (14.8%) vs 2007.
ACT Government Urban Renewal Program currently underway.
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Minutes flying time to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide & Brisbane.
ACT population produces $90 of value added per hour vs National average of $75 per hour. http://investcanberra.com/media/6814/131210_economic_overview.pdf
2.8% Increase in Canberra property values in December quarter 2016. http://www.allhomes.com.au/news/canberra-house-price-growthrate-tops-other-capital-cities-according-to-abs-20160321-gnnzxl
$2.8 Billion ACT Government capital investment announced over the next four years in the 2015-16 Infrastructure Investment Program. http://www.allhomes.com.au/news/canberra-house-price-growth-ratetops-other-capital-cities-according-to-abs-20160321-gnnzxl
ACT population forecast to 2050 with an average annual growth for Canberra of 0.95% vs Australian average of 0.66% p.a.
Canberra Overall Rental Vacancy Rate, July 2016 (second lowest in Australia)
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Published on Sep 29, 2017