Urban Melbourne’s Top 5 Building Projects

By Urban Melbourne on 20 Sep 2013
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Urban Melbourne took a look back through their database to select their Top 5 building projects currently approved for development.

The Altus

The Altus
Photo: Bella Charlton

5. The Altus

238 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands

Why do we like this? Besides the fact that, if built, it will be one of the tallest towers in Docklands and most certainly the tallest in Digital Harbour, the design will complement the curves and glass of MAB Corp’s The Quays to the west.

It will also provide a landmark structure for the Footscray Road gateway into Docklands. Furthermore, the Altus will include a 4.5 star Sheraton Four Points hotel when completed.

Rawhouse

Rawhouse
Photo: Breathe Architecture

4. Rawhouse

97-99 Rose Street, Fitzroy

Why do we like this? From the team that brought us The Commons comes Rawhouse, which will incorporate similar architectural and sustainability features to its predecessor.  

Even though it is a relatively small development that will only house a total of 12 apartments, Rawhouse also features an open stairwell, a concrete and timber facade that will be recycled where possible, and no car parking due to its close proximity to amenity and services.

The structure will be located in Fitzroy just behind the Veggie Bar, so its concept will certainly appeal to those that want to live in the area. With only 12 of these babies available, they will surely be sold in a flash.

9-11 Caravel Lane

9-11 Caravel Lane
Photo: Metaxas Architects

3. 9-11 Caravel Lane

9-11 Caravel Lane, Caroline Springs

Why do we like this? We like this because it is a multi-storey island in a sea of suburbia!

Along with Cascada situated just down the road, these apartments set a good example of apartment living in a non-traditional setting.  If we also consider that the Regional Rail Link is being constructed and will pass nearby to Caroline Springs, the public transport service starved outer suburbs may see the light yet.

6-22 Pearl River Road

6-22 Pearl River Road
Photo: dko Architecture

2. 6-22 Pearl River Road

6-22 Pearl River Road, NewQuay

Why do we like this? This building designed by dko Architecture has the potential to become an iconic building for NewQuay, Docklands and Melbourne. The leaning, protruding structure provides a striking silhouette and would also provide fantastic waterfront views for those lucky enough to live in the building.

In July 2013, MAB Corp sold off the site to the prominent Singaporean developer Hiap Hoe, which hit the ground running in their first foray into the Australian property realm – it has been reported that they want to start construction immediately! Great enthusiasm!

450 Elizabeth Street

450 Elizabeth Street
Photo: Elenberg Fraser

1. 450 Elizabeth Street

450 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Why do we like this? An Elenberg Fraser cracker! This 62 level tower is just shy of the 200 metre mark. It features a fantastic folding facade that creates a visually striking wave effect from the lower levels and all the way to the top. Hopefully we will see this tower move through to registrations and sales in the near future!

This article was originally published on Urban Melbourne.

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Urban Melbourne is an independent source of medium and high density urban projects in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victorian cities. Their passion is to shine a spotlight on all the developers, architects, builders and members of the community at large that are actively engaged in and support Melbourne and Victoria's future growth needs.

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