Evolving Port

Port Melbourne and Fishermans Bend change. Houses are changed or demolished and new forms of housing take their place. Port Houses records some of these changes.

28 April 2013

63 Rouse St, Port Melbourne

Kosdown to Evie

When Port Melbourne began its mighty transition in the early 1990s, each new apartment development was accompanied by a brochure. Now, each new project has a website. The branding of each project is obviously critical to marketing success. 

This project dispenses with luxury names, the store of which must be almost depleted: Iconica, Luur. 

It ignores its proximity to the water and air: Aqueous, Aere, and dispenses with references to views - Bayview, Portview. 

Evie's gaze is more direct and personal. The display is transparent and open, the look clean and minimal. 

121 Liardet St, Port Melbourne


Through 2018, SHIP (Social Health and Inclusion Port) with funding support from the Port Phillip Community Group ran a community film making project.

This short film about Kyme Place, A Place to Call Home, was one of those produced through the project.

28 April 2013

Kyme Place has become the 'Treehouse' to its residents, according to the positive review of this affordable housing development in The Age on Friday 26 April. It is rare that the words 'delightful' and 'worthy' occur in combination as in the article. Clark takes a detached look at the development - her views not coloured by the controversy surrounding the development in 2008.

The project is a 27 dwelling building, comprising five 1-bedroom units and 22 studios across three levels above a Council-owned car park. The 'air rights' were transferred to HousingFirst (formerly the Port Phillip Housing Association) for the development and Council retains ownership and management of the public car park under the new development (22 spaces)

The project is targeted for low income single persons with significant links to the City of Port Phillip. The households allocated to the project have a mix of housing backgrounds, many having experienced homelessness or housing related stress.

It was completed in June 2012.

Architects: McGauran Giannini Soon
Developer: Port Phillip Housing Association

20 April 2009

The Port Melbourne Affordable Housing Project Assessment Panel Committee

The development proposed 31 rooming house units over 4 levels.

The application was originally advertised on 28 October 2008.

The site was formerly a carpark created in approximately June 1988.

History of 121 Liardet St

Boats were built here! The Volunteer was built by Jesse William Merrington on the vacant block next to the Merrington's home, 121 Liardet Street, around 1920 or 1921.  The Volunteer was later sold to George Beazley.