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Old April 11th, 2007, 05:08 AM   #121
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thanks for posting those pics cull. ..that building is in my opinion the tallest in the city. i think it's called admiralty house. if you look carefully, theres a block next to it. this building is mixed-use and the first stage in a two stage twin tower development. another office tower of the same height is also planned soon.


this area of the cbd, reminds me very much of creeck st in brisbane city. it has a very similar feel. this pocket close to parliament house and the law courts and it's classy bars and restaurants and opal and diamond jewllery shops is the expensive part of town. it has a prominence that makes you realise there is wealth in darwin. hobart, townsville, cairns, newcastle do not conjure up a similar feel in their cdb's.
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Old April 11th, 2007, 11:49 AM   #122
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I found this website today for a local real estate agent who has created a virtual 3D model of future Darwin CBD including all the planned and under construction developments, which according to the site, can be viewed by interested parties - I think its to be used for people looking to invest and don't want to buy properties that will be built out in a couple of years. Maybe someone on this forum (CULWULLA??) can sweet talk them into letting us all have a look?

http://www.virtualdarwin.com.au/

Interesting to note the amount of construction going on in the city. According to the site:

Buildings of 20 storeys or more under construction - 4.*
Tallest under construction - 33 storeys.*
Other buildings of between 8 & 20 storeys under construction - 12.*

Buildings of 20 storeys or more in planning - 5.*
Tallest in planning - 30 storeys.*
Other buildings of between 8 & 20 storeys in planning - 8.*
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Old April 11th, 2007, 01:21 PM   #123
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intresting site.looks like its sketchup program? ill email to enquire.

snapshot from website
i can see evolution,pandanas and 30the esplanade towers

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Old April 11th, 2007, 03:24 PM   #124
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great statistics
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Old April 12th, 2007, 08:02 AM   #125
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wow! it really makes darwin look great.
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Old April 13th, 2007, 02:08 AM   #126
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Wow. Darwin is just one superlative after another. Whats next, a 50 storey skyscraper?
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Old April 23rd, 2007, 11:37 AM   #127
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Funny you should ask.....

Remember this project? well its hasn't been forgotten, looks like the developer's in a bid to try and gather community support and win over the NIMBY crowd (see below for an article from today's NT News)

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And a slightly larger render of the design, once again courtesy of NT News



Want a $750,000 unit for FREE?
EXCLUSIVE By NICK CALACOURAS and NICK RUSHWORTH
23apr07
THE man behind the Territory's planned luxury City Gate twin tower unit complex wants to give away one of the apartments _ valued at $750,000.

Peter Villis will ask Territorians to enter their ideas for environmentally friendly building design _ with the best idea set to win the swish apartment in the proposed Darwin city complex.

Mr Villis, director of Capital Architecture, told the Northern Territory News yesterday that he was already in ``preliminary discussions'' with Racing, Gaming and Licensing to set up the rules for the competition,

Even though the development was ``still at inception'', Mr Villis assured Territorians that, once the competition was formally announced and entries called for, the development would be ``a certainty'' and the prize guaranteed.

The competition will be open to entries from across the world, he said.

``We are planning a world-class environmentally friendly complex that will form an iconic entry point to Darwin's CBD,'' he said.

The City Gate development plans to use wind and solar glass technology to power the towers. Water collection and site retention measures are planned to be used for the occupants as well as various ``wall technologies'' that reduce the need for artificial cooling and light.

The development, to be completed by about 2011, has an estimated price tag of up to $500million.
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Old April 23rd, 2007, 12:12 PM   #128
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Thanks for posting the article DEEP NORTH.

I think the idea for the competition to give an apartment away is great. It will be wonderful for PR given the idea behind the competition. In this world of ours, "going green" is definitely the trend, and it will be here to stay.

Mr Villis sounds very confident, esp. in stating that the development is to be completed by about 2011.

For anyone, there is a thread on this project in the Skyscraper News & Discussion section: Darwin's 200 metre twin tower proposal

BTW Hope you don't mind DEEP NORTH. I edited the pic of the concept towers for (slightly) easier viewing:

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Old April 23rd, 2007, 01:31 PM   #129
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And another one's been approved! This one consists of a 25 story and 5 story building. I've lost count of how many 20 plus story developments are on the go in Darwin now.

There has been an artist's impression put on the NT government's website, but my computer has decided it doesn't want to play, so I'll post the link when I can. In the meantime, you can read all about it below.

GREEN LIGHT FOR THE CHINATOWN DEVELOPMENT
Here is the only render I could find, and its article from www.nt.gov.au, 7th Feb 2007:





BTW Here is a render for the older appoved 12-storey 80m proposal for the Chinatown project:

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Old April 24th, 2007, 12:52 PM   #130
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Thanks for that. I'm not holding my breath for them to get started on the Chinatown stage 2 though, stage one didn't start until 2 years after it was announced! Still, it'll be a great addition to the city when it eventually does progress. Don't think it'll look much like the render though. Stage 1 buildings are now finished and they look absolutely NOTHING like what you have shown above which was, indeed, what was originally supposed to go up. I may even go take a photo so you can see what I mean.
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Old April 24th, 2007, 03:13 PM   #131
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muse ;that 12storey would be closer to 40m more so then 80m?
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Old April 25th, 2007, 10:17 AM   #132
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muse ;that 12storey would be closer to 40m more so then 80m?
That's what is on Emporis.
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Old April 26th, 2007, 02:12 AM   #133
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someone ****ed up. ive changed to 55m height i was told it was.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 01:48 PM   #134
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Darwin CBD to be upgraded

Darwin City Council and the NT Government have just completed a planning forum to get a new vision for the Darwin CBD. See the attached link:

http://www.darwinplanningforum.nt.gov.au/

I'm hoping for a good outcome, because frankly some parts of the Darwin CBD are downright ugly. Some NIMBY's seem to be using the forum to ask for stricter high limits, but this doesn't seem to be the point of the exercise, its more about streetscape and increasing the liveliness of the city. They've even got the bloke responsible for fixing Melbourne's CBD (Robert Adams) up here to help.

One great quote from the NT Government's architect was "so long as the streetscape is done correctly I don't think it matters how high the building is." Cheers to that!
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Old April 28th, 2007, 08:51 PM   #135
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For a city of its size I dont think the streetscapes are too bad, especially at the south end of the city, the north end is another story altogether. The smith st mall is well overdue for a facelift but if it gets a nice facelift and is made the major pedestrian thoroughfare to the waterfront all will be good. Love the eplanade, it should be left as is other than a bit of an update on the furniture.
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Old April 29th, 2007, 06:20 PM   #136
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does darwin have a botanical gardens?
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Old April 29th, 2007, 06:49 PM   #137
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this pdf is intersting from the website deep north posted - >

http://www.darwinplanningforum.nt.go...nal+020407.pdf
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Old April 30th, 2007, 12:41 AM   #138
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does darwin have a botanical gardens?
Darwin has the George Brown Botanic Gardens, which are fairly modest compared to other capital city gardens, but do benefit from unlimited water supplies.
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Old April 30th, 2007, 03:54 AM   #139
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Darwin has the George Brown Botanic Gardens, which are fairly modest compared to other capital city gardens, but do benefit from unlimited water supplies.
I really enjoyed going for a stroll through them. I liked the Tropical rainforest section and the separate Monsoonal rainforest part that shows the slight difference between the 2 types. Not being big on botanic gardens this one must be good because I remember how much I enjoyed them.
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