The Hugo, Footscray

Market Insights
8 years ago
4 minutes

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The Hugo is the embodiment of Footscray reimagined, with the stunning new urban sanctuary offering buyers a sustainably conscious design in a boutique setting of just 23 apartments.

Standing in a league of its own amongst the influx of large scale, hi-rise developments currently saturating the inner city hub, The Hugo is targeted at young couples and families, with the development aptly named after the developer’s four year old son.

Designed by John Demos Architects, the building’s façade features a unique and distinct triangular design made with woven metal mesh, constructed with the use of solar panels and perforated materials to capture natural light and air, while solar panels on the rooftop will run the lifts, water pumps and communal lighting.

Faymus Director Fraz Tanvir says although Footscray is going through a massive transformation and is becoming a desirable place to live, it lacks boutique projects that are specifically tailored to the needs of local owner occupiers and young families.

“The Hugo, in a sense, is a reflection of the future I envision for my son and therefore we wanted to create a positive, ever-lasting experience for the building’s occupiers, while maximizing the look and feel and functionality of the building.

“We’ve achieved this by designing a truly sustainable complex that is powered by the sun and features innovative technology throughout, while still being conscious of forming a connection with the local heritage,” said Fraz.


The Hugo boasts a mixture of one and two bedroom apartments, with interiors featuring a light palette throughout, combined with highly textured materials of American Oak and Australian wool flooring.

Residents will have also access to a generous private garden setting of 300sqm of lush lawn and native trees, while a beautiful heritage bluestone laneway will accompany the rear of the site for resident and communal access.

When designing the interiors of The Hugo, Interior Designer Kathy Demos says the core focus was to understand what the word home meant to individuals, particularly what it meant to live in Australia, and how this feeling can be encouraged in many different ways.

“We looked at a whole range of materials for the project and we chose materials that spoke of the colours of an Australian landscape, while making sure they were manufactured in Australia where possible,” she said.

With livability and sustainability at the heart of The Hugo, a calming and soothing environment has been created through the conscious decision of lighter, neutral tones.


“As the world is getting hotter, we need both in reality and also subconsciously, to have a sense of lightness back in our lives. We’ve chosen colours that fit in with what we think is a global consciousness to how we need to respond to things that are happening around us in the world.

“The thinking behind The Hugo is what distinguishes it from so many other developments; we want people to start thinking more about a sense of pride in their own country, encouraging what’s happening here and surrounding themselves with it - that’s been the underlying thought with this project,” she said.

Apartments will also feature outdoor terraces, Bosch appliances throughout and will be the first boutique building in Footscray to be connected to the National Broadband Network.

“Footscray is soaring, it’s so close to the city but resolutely original in character and spirit and The Hugo will suit young couples and families who really value good design and livability within an apartment setting,” said Fraz.

The Hugo is also a proud supporter of BreastWest, with a percentage of apartment proceeds helping to provide financial assistance to women in need.

Located on Ballarat Road, the Hugo is being sold via Castran Gilbert.

To enquire about The Hugo, click here.