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Old June 7th, 2012, 06:04 AM   #181
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they are very decent priced but holy cow they r so tiny. they look similar to the apartments in the mantra building where i used to live. shoeboxes i tell you
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Old June 8th, 2012, 07:59 AM   #182
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Totally agree, again I wonder if it is more for those that either don't want too many possesions in life or are business people needing the basics. I know one guy I used to go to his place for meetings and it was living room and kitchen in one, small shower and hand basin and toilet, and a small bedroom, but he was into Budda and did not believe in accumulation. Nevertheless, Midtown is still overall not a bad buy.
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Old July 31st, 2012, 12:31 PM   #183
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This one appears to have topped out and looked rather externally finished except for the top floors and good coat of paint.
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Old August 6th, 2012, 03:50 AM   #184
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Got some progress photos Saturday and yeah, it looks like it has topped out and most of the exterior is complete (it is mostly concrete after all).

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Old August 6th, 2012, 06:23 AM   #185
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interesting. Its a shit design, but yet there is something in those photos that i like, I cant put my finger on it. Maybe you have just captured them well Nath.
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Old August 6th, 2012, 06:30 AM   #186
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bleh

Edit: not your photos, the tower itself
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Old August 6th, 2012, 10:32 AM   #187
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wonder if they will paint it?
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Old August 6th, 2012, 04:01 PM   #188
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I think the zigzag balcony edge saves it a little
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Old August 6th, 2012, 06:18 PM   #189
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I agree about the balconies. The painting worries me a little. Have a look at the renders shown in Nath's first photo. I reckon they look awfully similar to the actual building as it is at the moment.
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Old August 6th, 2012, 08:07 PM   #190
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Is there anything planned for either side of this building? It's probably been mentioned, but I've forgot.
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Old August 7th, 2012, 01:26 AM   #191
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As in neighbouring towers? Nothing's proposed at all, and at least one concrete side will never be covered, because the current building on site is the 1886 built Charlotte House, which has a state heritage listing over it.

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On the other side we might see something eventually. The former Howard Marine building isn't heritage listed (it was state listed, but later removed – probably not important enough to warrant a state listing), but any redevelopment of the site must retain the facade to a depth of 10 metres, which is a requirement of the City Centre Plan for Charlotte Street. That would allow for a tower to cover up the blank side at some point.

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And of course, the rear will never be built out on account of Mooney's Building and the former Perkins Spirit Store Building, both state listed.
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Old August 8th, 2012, 01:17 AM   #192
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Doesn't the render out the front even indicate a painted wall?
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Old August 8th, 2012, 02:10 AM   #193
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Yep, it's all white and shiny in the renders, and all I can say is I hope they bloody well paint it! At the moment, even the balconies have raw concrete walls next to them!
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Old August 8th, 2012, 02:13 AM   #194
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They shouldn't have been allowed to have that blank wall... there should be a provision to provide artwork on the wall or something so that its not just concrete. This is one fault in our current planning system.
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Old August 8th, 2012, 02:31 AM   #195
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:There really should be! That said, it's still not as bad as what you see on that corner of Adelaide and Wharf Streets!
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Old August 8th, 2012, 02:37 AM   #196
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They shouldn't have been allowed to have that blank wall... there should be a provision to provide artwork on the wall or something so that its not just concrete. This is one fault in our current planning system.
Totally agree, though at the same time the planners at BCC could have made it a condition. And after the way the chelsea turned out I doubt this will get painted.
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Old August 8th, 2012, 03:21 AM   #197
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But you do see residential towers like this in Melbourne especially upper Latrobe, near UOM and near Queen Victoria Markets.

I do agree with Soul however and to not paint it? Odd decision.
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 02:31 AM   #198
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An update from Saturday. Thankfully, they did paint the blank walls. Looks marginally better than the raw concrete.

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How the street level facade will look in real life still scares me. I'm hoping it will be better than the render...a lot better!

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Old October 2nd, 2012, 05:25 AM   #199
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Is Charlotte House being utilised for anything (other than site office) at the moment?
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 05:32 AM   #200
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I think there are other tenants in the building. There are a couple of signs up for some businesses, so I assume they're still there!

Edit: Space Hero is advertising a couple of free tenancies, so they are obviously still putting people in there. While the outside facade needs a good cleanup, the inside looks surprisingly cool as far as office space goes! Quite sympathetic to the building's structure all in all!








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