Baltinas gears up for official launch of Challis development in Mt Lawley

Eastern Reporter

13 August 2020

Perth architecture and property development group Baltinas is gearing up for the official launch of its art deco-inspired, wellbeing-focused Challis development in Mt Lawley this weekend.

The eco-conscious, mixed-use development on the former Highgate Drycleaners site features 26 luxury apartments with one to three bedrooms, including three sub-penthouses, and an already-sold penthouse.

Baltinas founder Barry Baltinas said it would be a fantastic addition to the popular Beaufort Street strip.

“As well as the residences, a refurbished Highgate Drycleaners shopfront will form part of Challis and there are also two offices and four retail spaces,” he said.

“Its unique, forward-focused design and the lifestyle opportunities it presents are proving to be of significant interest to downsizers, work-from-home business owners and young professionals.”

Challis draws inspiration from Mt Lawley’s art deco buildings, including the Astor Theatre, Beaucott Buildings and the Alexander Buildings.

“Also called style moderne, Challis pays tribute to the art deco movement that originated in the 1920s and developed into a major style in western Europe and the US during the ‘30s,” Mr Baltinas said.

“The intention then was to create a sleek and anti-traditional elegance that symbolised wealth and sophistication and Challis embraces the art deco part of history within Mt Lawley with its own interpretation of the ethos to deliver a design that is a celebration of beautiful architecture holding space through the play of form and light.”

The development also places a strong emphasis on sustainability.

“From solar panels and rainwater harvesting technology to biophilic design principles, Challis has a holistic focus which, in light of recent global events, is generating a lot of attention,” Mr Baltinas said.

“Biophilic design, which is a way of designing the places where we live and work so they have a balanced connection to nature and create a sense of wellbeing, is something astute buyers are valuing more and more.

“This is a landmark location and a building that sets the pace for future boutique mixed-use developments in Perth while activating one of the city’s best-loved retail, entertainment and dining strips.”

Construction is expected to begin next month and should be completed by the end of next year.

The display suite at 499 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley will be open on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 from 10am to 1pm.

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