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Lumi lights up Gungahlin living

Amanda Whitley

Buying a home is the largest purchase most of us will ever make.

So it’s hard to wrap your head around the idea of parting with hundreds of thousands of your hard-earned dollars with only renders and colour schemes (and the hope that the finished product will look every bit as good as the artist’s impression) to go by.

It’s something that KDN Group’s George D Katheklakis was very conscious of when developing The LUMI Collection—luxurious Gungahlin-based “apartment homes”.

“Building a full sized Lumi was an exercise in revealing the truth about a Lumi’s size, scale, light, form, proportion and functionality.  In the end, there was no other way to express everything that goes into making Lumi a delight to live in,” he says.

The ability to quite literally touch, see and feel your ‘Lumi’ is something of a rarity in the Canberra property market, and the development’s point of difference is obvious from the moment you set eyes on the sizeable three-bedroom apartment built on site, true to size with actual inclusions.


It’s nestled next to an ancient 300 year old yellow box gum, looking out across Yerrabi Pond and beyond. Despite this immersion in natural surroundings, it’s just five minutes walk from Gungahlin Marketplace and eight minutes from the Light Rail Stop.

Step across the branded welcome mat into the marketing suite’s foyer and the education begins immediately—wall art showcasing the property’s average energy efficiency score of 8.9 (Canberra’s poster child for sustainable design, The Nishi Building, comes in at 8.0). Energy Rating Consultant Andrew Pickard says this achievement delivers savings in heating and cooling costs of 74% compared to an apartment that meets the minimum requirements.

“As you would expect this translates to significantly reduced running costs for residents, a smaller environmental footprint, as well as more comfortable temperatures all year round,” he says.

Taking pride of place in the centre of the marketing suite is a scale model of The Lumi Collection, and the most striking feature about this development in miniature is the sense of light—the two towers seem lit from within.


Peer in from any angle, and you can see that the building—designed by Bruce Townsend— has been crafted to maximise airflow, natural light and make the most of the views, whether that’s across the urban landscape of Gungahlin town centre or out to the ranges.

Turn around, and you’ll see The Lumi Collection’s interior colour schemes on display. They’re simple and timeless, with a focus on neutral shades and natural timbers: Tasmanian Oak, Brushbox and Spotted Gum. These warm woods are complemented by heavy pure wool carpet and stone benchtops—it’s a textural feast for the senses, and the perfect blank canvas on which to create a home.

And all this before you even step into the display apartment.


When you do, it’s as impressive as you’d hoped—incredibly spacious, light and bright with thoughtful design making it beautifully liveable. Boasting the largest floor plans in apartment living in Canberra, the three-bedroom display suite has living space for days, the size of an average Canberra home.



‘I refer to the Lumi Collection as apartment homes, as everything has been carefully considered for optimal living comfort,” says LJ Hooker project marketing Director Andrew Ligdopoulos.

“They are homes that will give you the freedom to live and grow.”


With the choice of one-bedroom plus study, two- and three-bedroom spacious residences, and three- to four-bedroom penthouses, the variety in floorplans allows homebuyers to choose a layout that is perfect for the way they want to live—whether that’s as a family, a couple who loves to entertain, or a single work-from-homer.

Consisting of two residential towers, T1 will be 14 storeys, while T2 will be seven storeys—no skyscrapers here. A pocket park will be sensitively planted with vibrant, flowering native plants and shrubs, while the commercial ground floor space looks likely to house an eatery with sheltered north-facing outdoor dining spaces.


The lasting impression is that this is a development that has been put together with a lot of passion and attention to detail—this is no cookie cutter box complex. Rather, it’s a development that has been created with people in mind, and with great respect for its surrounding.

The Lumi Collection is at 100 Swain Street in Gungahlin. Find your Lumi at lumicollection.com.au.

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Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author

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