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Old November 26th, 2013, 09:17 PM   #121
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Pearl Tower, 254 metres, progressing:


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An amazing image, capturing the sun on the golden crown of Melbourne's tallest (Eureka, 297 metres), as Pearl rises to the left.


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Old November 27th, 2013, 08:32 PM   #122
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Demolition has begun on the site of Platinum apartments in Melbourne's Southbank. 53 storeys/160 metres/525 feet/435 apartments, it will have a sky lounge on the 52nd floor, with Melbourne's highest swimming pool and a seven storey vertical garden as a wrap to its car park.


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Old December 2nd, 2013, 03:35 AM   #123
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Skypark Tower, a 35 level/116metre/381 feet, apartment development has been redesigned to address setback issues with neighbouring high-rise apartments. An existing small Art Deco building has been incorporated in the colourful design. Detailed post on the UrbanMelbourne site is courtesy of Mark Baljak.
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Skypark Tower, a 35 level/116metre/381 feet, apartment development has been redesigned to address setback issues with neighbouring high-rise apartments. An existing small Art Deco building has been incorporated in the colourful design. Detailed post on the UrbanMelbourne site is courtesy of Mark Baljak.
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Old December 10th, 2013, 08:11 PM   #125
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More details of the plans for 127-141 A'Beckett Street in central Melbourne have been posted by Ryan Seychell and Mark Baljak on the UrbanMelbourne site. A distinctive 63 level tower, with 632 apartments, it will stand 202 metres (663 feet). Architects are Elenberg Fraser, who are responsible for a growing number of major projects and proposals in Melbourne. The site was recently sold by the neighbouring Welsh Church, and currently houses a warehouse. images suite © Elenberg Fraser


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Old December 10th, 2013, 08:45 PM   #126
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UrbanMelbourne also have details of another nearby proposal designed by Elenberg Fraser: 386-412 William Street will comprise two towers, 30 and 50 levels, 161 metres (528 feet), and contain 609 apartments and 210 hotel rooms, with the existing art deco building retained for retail. This site has permanent western views over the Flagstaff Gardens and northern views overlooking the seven hectares (17 acres) of Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market, which opened in 1878 and is a major tourist attraction. Renders posted by Peter Maltezos and Mark Baljak on UrbanMelbourne.


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Old December 10th, 2013, 09:06 PM   #127
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First details of yet another major apartment project in central Melbourne have been posted by redbaron_12.



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Old December 11th, 2013, 08:59 AM   #128
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Old December 15th, 2013, 09:31 PM   #129
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New 38 level office tower (55,000 sq. metres/592,000 sq. feet) is the one with the silver box in this image. Many forumers are unhappy with the design. Old railway goods sheds have been incorporated in the Collins Square project.


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KPMG SIGNS 15 YEAR LEASE TO RELOCATE TO MELBOURNE’S LARGEST COMMERCIAL PROJECT

Big Four accounting group KPMG has signed a 15year lease at Walker Corporation’s $1.8 billion mixeduse commercial, retail and hospitality development, Collins Square, Melbourne.

The KPMG transaction is the most significant commercial leasing transaction in Australia for 2013.

KMPG will lease 27,000 square metres in the new Tower 2, Collins Square – the fourth building to be constructed at Walker’s Collins Street development.

Tower 2 comprises 55,000 square metres over 38 levels and will be the tallest tower constructed in Melbourne’s CBD in more than 10 years.

Early works for the new office tower have now commenced with final completion scheduled for late 2016. Tower 2 will provide a combination of unique accommodation office solutions, including the 11-storey ‘Sky Village’ with the high and low-rise precincts featuring winter garden atriums and vertical “spiral connections”.

Continuing with Walker Corporation’s commitment to excellence, Tower 2 will lead the market with a PCA Premium Grade design and finishes by Melbourne’s award winning architects, Hassell Studio.

Hassell was inspired by the opportunity to create a new premium landmark on Melbourne’s skyline. The building’s articulated design will provide KPMG with commanding views from every vantage point. The façade has been custom designed to provide the Sky Village with a distinctive architectural expression.

The tower has been designed to achieve a minimum 5 Star Green Star Rating and minimum 5 Star NABERS rating, with ecological water practices, light filled atriums, trigeneration, and high fresh air rates.

Collins Square continues to raise the benchmark in sustainable commercial development in Melbourne by providing tenants with premium quality, contemporary and efficient office environments coupled with large floorplates, active workspaces and a retail amenity reminiscent of Melbourne’s great laneways.

Chairman of Walker Corporation, Mr Lang Walker, said “We are delighted to sign KPMG. Their signing reinforces Collins Square as Melbourne’s leading new commercial, retail and hospitality centre, and we are receiving even greater inquiries off the back of the KPMG signing.”

“We have now completed and delivered close to 100,000 square metre of premium office, retail and entertainment space in Collins Square. Our popular Lunch Room and restaurant Bar Nacional, Mr Collins and Long Shot café are now drawing thousands of workers and residents every day, Bar Nacional was recently awarded as having one of the National Top 10 dishes of 2013 by Gourmet Traveller,” he said.

Collins Square is home to many of Melbourne’s blue chip organisations, including Marsh Mercer, Transurban, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Sladen Legal, the Commonwealth of Australia, Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, Regus, Penguin Random House, and Pearson.

It is expected that the fourth tower will be home to a number of large multinational firms looking for a balance of staff amenity, public transport connections with large efficient floorplates.

With 180 metres of frontage to Collins Street, Collins Square has consolidated its position as the premier destination for this end of Collins Street, with 97 per cent of existing commercial space now leased.

More than $8.5 billion of development has now been completed in the western end of the CBD, which boasts the highest concentration of environmentally sustainable buildings in the Southern Hemisphere.

Collins Square also includes the only childcare facility in Melbourne CBD to feature a 1,000 square metre ground level, treelined playground. Kool Kidz, located in the heritage listed Clocktower has received significant interest and is set to open in early 2014 with capacity for 130 children.

A further $9 billion worth of private investment is expected by 2025, with the number of residents anticipated to nearly triple from 9,400 people today, to over 35,000 people.

Mr Walker added that a major factor in the success of the fivetower project had been Walker Corporation’s willingness to create customised solutions for every tenant looking for efficient, productive and comfortable space for staff, clients and customers.

“This point of difference underpins the negotiations we have entered into with tenants that share KPMG’s vision for a world class property solution that backs up our philosophy of providing not only top quality work spaces, but also combining top quality entertainment, cafes, restaurants, bars and retail for the people on the western side of the CBD,” he said.

Pepper Property’s Greg Smith undertook a national strategic review of KPMG’s property requirements to ensure their longterm accommodation requirements in Melbourne were met.

Collins Square has so far directly created more than 3,500 jobs, and Tower 2 will allow for the employment of a further 1,200 workers through to 201
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Old December 16th, 2013, 09:11 PM   #130
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568 Collins Street (68 levels/224 metres/735 feet/588 apartments) has reached level 17.


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Old December 16th, 2013, 09:29 PM   #131
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Pearl tower (254 metres) climbing rapidly.


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Old December 22nd, 2013, 02:23 AM   #132
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What will be one of Melbourne's most distinctive talls overcame objections from the local council and gained planning approval this week. The very thin, twisting apartment tower will be 73 levels/240 metres/787 feet and be only 12 metres (39 feet) wide at its narrowest point , with just 236 apartments. The organic shapes of its base have drawn comparisons with Barcelona's Gaudi and seem to have been inspired by a giraffe to me.


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Guy approves Melbourne's most 'skinny' tower* for Southbank

By Nicola Trotman
Friday, 20 December 2013

Melbourne’s most slender tower has been approved for Southbank, measuring just 12 metres wide at its narrowest point.

Minister for planning Matthew Guy approved the tower today, which will stand 240 metres high with 73 storeys.

“Melbourne is proud to be developing some of the most innovative and advanced skyscraper designs in the world,” says Guy.

“While other skinny buildings are called ‘pencil towers’, this building displays a slender, twisting flower stem design. 54 Clarke Street has strong architectural features to ensure it embodies a slender, sophisticated style all the way from a 'webbed' foundation at ground level.

“This proposed skyscraper at 54 Clarke Street is similar to slender skyscrapers in major cities overseas, like New York’s skinny towers One Madison Park or 785 Eighth Street,” says Guy.

The tower, designed by Melbourne architectural firm BKK (Black Kosloff Knott) will feature 256 apartments and a ground-level café.

The tower follows in the footsteps of Melbourne’s first skinny building -the Phoenix building – at 108 Flinders Street.

Guy says there are six built or approved buildings in Melbourne that are taller than the 54 Clarke Street site, but none as slender.

“Melbourne's engineering, design and construction skills base provides a strong foundation for investment and highly skilled employment growth into the future.

“This is a key part of the Coalition strategy of growing the economy, and increasing jobs for our future,” says Guy.
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Old December 22nd, 2013, 02:37 AM   #133
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Melbourne forumers' love affair with its latest tall (the 254 metres Pearl Tower) has been fuelled by a series of beautiful photos by GlennWilson:


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Old December 22nd, 2013, 02:49 AM   #134
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Demolition has begun on the site of Platinum apartments in Melbourne's Southbank. 53 storeys/160 metres/525 feet/435 apartments, it will have a sky lounge on the 52nd floor, with Melbourne's highest swimming pool and a seven storey vertical garden as a wrap to its car park.


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One of GlennWilson's photos of progress on Melbourne's Pearl Tower captures the site for the Platinum Tower, i.e. at the end of the street beside Pearl, between the two tallish existing buildings.


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Old December 30th, 2013, 04:56 PM   #135
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The new Quays twin apartment towers in Docklands, Melbourne are distinguished by their striking use of colour and interesting features, like the black (and white) crumpled paper look of the cladding on their balconies and the "beach ball" doorway between the two towers.


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Old December 31st, 2013, 03:45 AM   #136
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Really weird to see purple buildings. Quite unique but i'm not sure if I like it...
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 07:09 PM   #137
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WOW I can see that Melbourne isn't afraid to put a little colour and a lot of imagination into its buildings. So many cities are fearful of putting a little whimsy onto their skylines, as if buildings have to be a dull, sombre affair in order to be taken seriously. I love the one with the multi-coloured, angled cubes. Since architects and their clients are relatively limited in their range of materials and designs (though not as much as they used to be) it would be nice if more of them used colour as a distinguishing element in their work.
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A few more proposals and/or details have emerged to add to funkywinders/mw123 summary above. The most dramatic are two projects by one of Malaysia's biggest developers, UEM Sunrise:

224 LaTrobe Street, 82 levels, 268.5 metres or 880 feet, 1343 apartments. The developer states that it will be the third largest residential building in the world (by floor area). The apartments will replace a multi-level car park and is directly opposite one of Melbourne's major subway stations, which takes up the lower levels of a large shopping/entertainment mall, Melbourne Central.


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The second project by UEM Sunrise is 9 McKenzie Street, which is on the north-east edge of Melbourne's central grid, and directly opposite the large park which surrounds Melbourne's World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building. The project is 35 levels, approximately 120 metres or 394 feet and will contain 388 apartments.


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398 Elizabeth Street, just around the corner from UEM's 82 level project, is a 55 level proposal, 177 metres or 581 feet, with 465 apartments, and will add to the growing cluster of high-rise apartment developments near Melbourne's historic Queen Victoria Market. Already under construction in this area is Vision, at 500 Elizabeth Street (72 levels, 226 metres or 741 feet) and MY80 at 410 Elizabeth Street (55 levels, 173 metres or 568 feet).


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Laurence Dragomir, of the UrbanMelbourne website, has created this render of the major proposals near the Queen Victoria Market. From left, they are Vision, 452 Elizabeth (75 levels), 450 Elizabeth Street (62 levels), 398 Elizabeth Street and 127 A'Beckett Street (63 levels). Demand for apartments in central Melbourne is strong, fuelled by population growth (Melbourne, with 4.3 million people, is growing faster (in absolute terms) than any other major Australian city) and students attending major inner city universities like Melbourne and RMIT.


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A pencil thin proposal for 464 Collins Street will comprise 55 levels, 181 metres or 594 feet, and contain 185 apartments. This development is opposite the Rialto, a twin office tower complex, which at 63 levels and 251 metres or 823 feet, was Melbourne's tallest building for many years.


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Recent shots of some of Melbourne's biggest projects include Pearl Tower (72 levels, 254 metres or 833 feet):


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568 Collins Street (68 levels, 224 metres or 735 feet)


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New Sheraton Hotel/apartments, at 27 Little Collins Street, is nearing completion.


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The billion dollar Victorian Cancer Centre (by GlennWilson)


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The growing skyline of Melbourne's inner suburb of South Yarra (GlennWilson)


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Another quality development has been proposed in central Melbourne, at 180 Russell Street. For more details, plans and renders, see the UrbanMelbourne site https://urbanmelbourne.info/forum/cb...-70l-mixed-use but, briefly, the tower will contain 506 apartments, with 200 hotel rooms in a sky-rise section. There will be a Sky Lobby and restaurant on levels 66 and 67 of the 70 level building. As pointed out in an article by Ryan Seychell of UrbanMelbourne, there are hurdles to overcome as the existing building, the Total car park, may have heritage protection. Some may think that heritage protection for a car park is a joke, but, " (it has)been slated for heritage protection since the 1980’s with it said to encompass influences from the Japanese avante garde architecture of the 1950’s and 60’s as well as bringing to Melbourne its first taste of brutalist architecture". The building's 271 metre height (or 889 feet) also exceeds the 60 metre height limit in the relatively low rise Chinatown district. The architects have recognised the impact of the building on the area by incorporating a low rise section: "Drawing upon inspiration from the Chinese cultural tradition of landscape painting and imagery for the building’s design, architects Buchan Group have taken full advantage of the high profile location by implementing a highly activated 5 level podium. Included within the podium are food and restaurant spaces, a multi-purpose hall, Chinese gallery plus extensive bar and entertainment spaces.

At ground level the design has been carefully crafted to allow for the addition of a new civic space for the Chinatown precinct, creating a new 24/7 meeting point for the area. Included within this new space will be a “stoop” which will be placed at the intersection of Little Bourke and Russell Streets to allow for the public to sit and watch the activity of the street and public place as well as a landscaped copse and tea house". https://urbanmelbourne.info/planning...reet-melbourne


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