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Described as a garden sanctuary for living at its best, on the corner of Congdon and Railways Streets in Cottesloe will be a development like no other seen in Perth.

Ilios, a project by The Swanbourne Village Trust designed by Garry Baverstock and James Shaw from Ecotect Architects, promises to deliver some of the most stunning, and environmentally rewarding homes on the market. With over 50% allocation to gardens, roof terraces and courtyards, the development will see nine residences over five separate buildings all set around a central courtyard, with both 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom homes available.

What’s unique about Ilios is despite its forward-thinking design, it targets sustainability and climate change; offering passive solar design, shading and north orientation, natural lit spaces and window and door openings planned for optimised air flow. The project has also integrated, where appropriate, the use of recycled materials and double glazed windows.

As well as the obvious recreational use, the roof terraces have been designed to moderate temperatures.  As such, each home will have either a private roof top garden or generous terrace/alfresco area, with communal areas including a landscaped rooftop terrace, underground parking and storage, meeting and function room, vegetable garden and sun room.

With the current world pandemic and unpredictable economic vulnerability due to COVID-19, construction has been pushed back from our previous commencement date that was to ensure a completion of late 2021. Correspondence of these changes will be made available as they come to hand, but to discuss your options and secure one of these luxury and exclusive residences, contact Jon Bahen on 0419 816 776 for more information.



ILIOS – a new garden sanctuary in Cottesloe for living at its best!


Do you want to make a 21st century shift to a better and more ethical lifestyle? ILIOS promises to provide you with an easy-care residence with cool courtyards, well-tended communal gardens and all the current smart energy saving strategies. ILIOS embeds the comfort and space you expect but places the values of a sustainable lifestyle at it’s heart.

The brainchild of award-winning energy efficient and sustainable architects, Garry Baverstock and James Shaw, 50% of ILIOS is allocated to gardens, roof terraces and courtyards. Josh Byrne and Associates Landscape Design has been engaged to assist with landscaping. 

Living at ILLIOS will provide peace of mind you need when you lock and leave for a weekend or 3 months of travel, also knowing your garden will be tended to in the mean time.

To find out if ILIOS is right for you, please contact us and attend one of our information sessions. Meet the architects, be introduced to the features that make ILIOS a special place to live, see the floorplans and design concepts and discuss pricing and timeline.

Please contact jon@abelproperty.com.au, or see www.swanbournevillagetrust.com



Roof Top Gardens a Bonus for Swanbourne Village Trust

Roof top gardens have been an enjoyable and attractive amenity for millennia in many of the world’s greatest cities but has been largely absent or misused in WA local houses and developments where the norm still seems to be large concrete blocks. For many rooftop gardens found in Australia, they often are not used properly or become an expedient device for developers trying to maximise profits.

Roof top gardens need to be administered properly so they provide the necessary benefits such as those found in many European cities like Greece, Spain or examples from the ancient world. They produce a desirable outcome for a small footprint in areas where land is scarce. The roof top gardens found in the Swanbourne Village Trust (SVT) are an attractive and practical design element which fits in very well to the quality of the whole development.

Garry Baverstock Roof Top Gardens

Roof Top Gardens are being enjoyed on the Iconic Island of Santorini, Greece


SVT architect, Garry Baverstock, has produced a set of guidelines for the Strata Company to assist in administering the roof top gardens and to ensure they are not misused and that they comply with what was envisioned from the design concept. One major issue with roof top gardens is the concern of privacy and that people will not overlook into their neighbour’s property and will use shade structures and close them in to in effect add another storey. The guidelines will provide a code of behaviour to protect the owner’s amenity from adjoining neighbours. These guidelines will undoubtedly be supported by council and incorporated in the Strata agreement, and solve any bad behavioural issues.

Often, developers use the area of roof top gardens as landscaped areas to fill up the site with more buildings and these gardens are often not used or left to rot.  SVT complied with the open space regulations without counting in the area of the roof top gardens, so it was not a trick to get more density. Courtyard setbacks and landscaped areas were enough for the recommended site coverage area. The SVT’s rooftop gardens were designed as green areas that were on top of the mandatory site coverage areas for landscaping. In fact, from an aerial perspective, SVT will look like a garden, which was intentional to green up the suburb.

It is planned that the roof top gardens in the SVT will provide a highly desirable and useful amenity that is found in and valued in many of the world’s great cities.

Photo Credits: Nick Melidonis, www.nickmelidonis.com