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Malvern3144's shot of 405 Bourke's massive entrance foyer, plus a glass pic from the Little Collins end of the site.

Taken earlier this morning...

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A-brain has given us a fresh angle on Paragon.

Managed to get back into the old digs for a snap from the balcony ..



Look a the massive awning over that Europa backpackers rooftop garden next door - not sure if it’s permanent or not but it’s pretty funky !!
 

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melbournee12 surprised us all by posting the news that GPT are considering a tower on their very expensive site at 32 Flinders Street. GPT paid $87 million for the car park, which has approval to go up to 158m. Initial thoughts were that GPT wanted to protect its views from its neighbouring tower, E & Y, but, maybe not. The proposed tower has gone for a funkier address, of 51 Flinders Lane.

GPT looking at developing this site - they're calling it 51 Flinders Lane

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Atlassian will build a $1 billion-plus concrete-and-timber tower next to Sydney's Central Station, as the flagship project in a NSW government-backed technology precinct that will eventually link Ultimo with Redfern on the CBD's southern edge.

The tech giant has chosen, but not publicly announced, a design by New York-based SHoP Architects and Australia's BVN for the 180-metre tower that will be the highest timber structure to date in this country and will form a key part of Atlassian's stated plan of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

A tower of up to 40 storeys would sit atop the former Inwards Parcels Shed – now being used for backpackers' accommodation as a YHA – on land owned by state government agency Transport for NSW, which has submitted plans outlining Atlassian's planned new building in an application to rezone the site as part of a wider precinct development.

Much remains unknown about the tower that would combine concrete platforms with structural timber to achieve a far higher building than could currently be achieved by timber alone. Ownership of the asset – whether Atlassian would develop the building itself, or make an agreement with a commercial developer to deliver it – is unclear.

'The power of place'

Atlassian declined to comment on the plan on Monday, but referred The Australian Financial Review to comments co-chief executive and Rich Lister Scott Farquhar made in November about the need for a precinct that would attract generations of tech to make their home and career in Australia, rather than going overseas to achieve it.

"We too believe in the power of place, the power of geography, and the power of community," Mr Farquhar told the BE Sydney Ambassador Dinner.

"That’s the vision behind our plan to build a vibrant technology precinct at Central Station, with Atlassian as the anchor tenant.

"We believe that Sydney has the potential to be of one of the world’s leading technology cities and the creation of a tech precinct sends a loud signal – not only to Australia, but to the rest of the world – that we’re in the race to take a slice of the world’s most valuable market."

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Atlassian is by no means the only company making plans for the precinct. The software company's 3800sq m site sits adjacent to another collection of buildings known as the Henry Deane Plaza, also owned by the NSW government, and on which Dexus and Frasers Property Australia have drawn up a scheme for a twin-tower development with a construction cost of about $2.2 billion, named Central Place Sydney, under the NSW government's unsolicited proposals.

Dexus and Frasers Property expect to hear during this quarter whether that proposal will succeed.

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The planning documents for Atlassian's tower show the building would have an estimated 60,000sq m of office space – most of it taken up by Atlassian staff, but with about six floors occupied by other tenants.

The international design competition pitted SHoP and BVN against rivals including Japan's Shigeru Ban and PTW, Dutch firm MVRDV and Cox Architecture, Danish firm 3XN as well as John Wardle Architects.

The first five floors of the building – some 7500sq m – would be dedicated to YHA accommodation and there would be about 2500sq m of retail and lobby space.
 

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Gorgeous shots, from Mr Kiwi Fruit, of our future tallest student tower, Scape Franklin (175m).


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Meanwhile, down in the depths, Scape Franklin is getting some beautiful rust coloured panels on its west wall. Scape's architects continue to surprise.



Mr Kiwi Fruit has also given us these beauties of Scape's near neighbour, the Unilodge in Elizabeth Street (161m).


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It's "full speed ahead" on Lend Lease's Melbourne Quarter Tower, in Docklands.







Demo on Charter Hall's 555 Collins is progressing. One of Melbourne's biggest demo jobs.

 

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Stockland's half year results released today speak about the Walker St development site in North Sydney being planned at 60,000m2 net lettable area implying a tower of around 160m-180m from ground level.
 

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At 155m this is Melbourne’s 20th tallest building under construction at the moment!!

Paragon starting to show its colours and lines...

 

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Grollo has posted a clearer render of the 55L tower planned for the northern end of the 700 Collins Street site. And, no, your eyes don't deceive you: there is a "projecting glazed box" (thanks Archi). There are mixed feelings about this mixed use development. The existing building, which was once home to Medibank and the Bureau of Meteorology, is being substantially retained, which is disappointing, when it's such a bland box (one of Docklands' earliest offices). The developer, Cromwell, has included a 182 room hotel, apartments (with a Build to Rent component) and office space. Cromwell made news in Sydney when they sold their 50% stake in Northpoint tower in North Sydney for $300 million. 55 levels should equate to around 190m, which would be Docklands' tallest. Lend Lease is currently building the 160m Melbourne Quarter Tower just across Collins Street.
Architects are Nettleton Tribe. New rendering:

 

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I checked out the city model yesterday and took these pics:

















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I don't think we fully appreciate just yet what a significant development the Western Gateway is. Not only will it help make the area in and around Central Station a hub in its own right, but it also represents a huge change to the city skyline.

If done well, Western Gateway will be a catalyst for the broader redevelopment of the Central Station precinct. It will show the market that there is demand for high density commercial, residential, hotel and retail development around the largest railway station in the Southern Hemisphere. It should also help the NSW Government unlock new sources of funding transport infrastructure through value capture and the sale of air rights.

Fast forward ten years to 2030. Central Walk and the $1 billion upgrade of Central Station will have been completed in 2022. Sydney Metro City and Southwest will have opened in 2024. The Western Gateway will have been constructed in the second half of the 2020s. Will we see a Sydney Metro West station? What will come of the NSW Faster Rail network? Will we be seeing more of the rumoured Lendlease + Google plans?

It's exciting times in this part of town, and as construction at Barangaroo begins to wind down in the mid 2020s, this is surely going to be a hotspot for the forum to focus on.
 

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Proposals & Construction: 150m-199m skyscrapers

Melbourne Grand... heading to 198m



 
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