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Yarra One finally strikes a blow for Forrest Hill's urban realm

South Yarra’s latest development is about to strike a blow for excellent and inclusive urban realm design...and not before time. As far back as 2014 and 2015 , Urban Melbourne has highlighted the runaway success of South Yarra's Forrest Hill urban renewal precinct. Unfortunately though as skyscrapers sprouted throughout the precinct, the ground plane and its importance to the success of the overall development was in essence lost. Scant few...

Vote for your favourite project in the BDAV 2017 People’s Choice Award

Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) is currently showcasing the cream of the state's design crop by way of the 22nd BDAV Building Design Awards. The public now has a chance to vote for their favourite building over the course of the last year, with 35 entrants vying for differing category awards. Each project is intended to highlight Victoria’s best residential, interior, sustainable, heritage conservation and non-residential...

Hayball discuss the evolution of Melbourne's student housing sector

In light of the boom in student accommodation projects, Urban Melbourne recently took the opportunity to chat with Hayball duo Marcus Ieraci and Tom Gilbert. As senior members of the Southbank-based design practice, both are heavily involved in Hayball's numerous student accommodation endeavours, and are all to happy to outline where the sector has come from in Melbourne, and more importantly, what lies ahead. As a point of reference Hayball has...

Architects as developers - K2LD discuss The Springfield

During my many visits to display suites I generally meet with real estate agents, architects and developers and am taken through the display suite or sit down for a chat. My visit to The Springfield in Toorak was a bit of a departure from the norm. I was greeted onsite by Architects David and Tisha Lee of K2LD and we walked around the verdant 2,400 sqm site which they are developing in partnership with The Chapter Group into 19 residences set...

Fender Katsalidis reflects on the last 25 years while looking to the future with book launch

After 25 years Melbourne-based practice Fender Katsalidis Architects (FK), best known for designing some of the most recognised buildings in the city have launched their first ever book; Working Architecture. The publication traces the evolution of the practice and its work while providing an opportunity to reflect on its history and the significant projects completed to date. Fender Katsalidis: Working Architecture. Image: Uro Publications 31...

Is the display suite of the future virtual?

Virtual reality is currently making a comeback after an initial showing in the early to mid 90's. The uptake in the industry particularly with architects is high, with a number of firms using it not only as a design tool to test concepts and ideas quickly but also to communicate designs to clients as part of the design process for example the sign-off on materials and for planning purposes. During my time at Grimshaw we used both the Oculus and...

Mirvac forges a new chapter within Yarra's Edge

Mirvac has ushered in the completion of another tower within its long-running Yarra's Edge enclave. Forge Tower is the latest building to welcome residents to Docklands; it along with a series of low-rise townhouses represent Mirvac's first gesture within the final Wharf’s Entrance sub-precinct. The continued push by Mirvac westward within Yarra's Edge and into the final Wharf’s Entrance stage comes 17 years after the developer began formulating...

Hecker Guthrie discusses West End's latest building: The Spencer

Trenerry Property has unveiled 'The Spencer', the latest of four apartment buildings within its boutique West End development: a future-ready mixed-use development and self-sufficient community located on a former brownfield site in West Melbourne. According to Trenerry Property West End will transform the 9200sqm former Australia Post site into a vibrant, connected hub for living, playing, staying and working. The Spencer is located on the...

35 Spring Street becomes one of Melbourne's premier apartment developments

35 Spring Street has been anointed as one of Melbourne's elite high density residential projects. Developer Cbus Property is rightfully making note of the project's completion, with Planning Minister Richard Wynne recently officially opening the $350 million development. The project has drawn inspiration from equivalent park-front projects in New York, and holds views over Treasury Gardens that can never be built out. Inside are 241 one, two and...

Coincidences and curiosity - Q+A with John Wardle and Stefan Mee (Part 2)

John Wardle Architects has cemented itself as a significant cultural force in Melbourne’s architecture scene. In this the second half of the discussion with John Wardle and Stefan Mee, the conversation turns to the bigger picture issues facing our city and the architecture profession. To start from the beginning of the discussion click here MS – As a Melbourne-based architecture practice, how do you critique the trajectory of our city? What are...

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 06:15
A litmus test beckons for Reservoir as the suburb's largest apartment release becomes reality. The Plenty Residences at 830 Plenty Road has progressed to marketing, with the release of the first stage of the project's 347 dwellings across the site which sits atop the Summerhill Village Precinct.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 12:00
Two important stories which traverse both transport and housing topic areas were highlighted on Urban Melbourne this week. The news that the medium and high-density components of Williams Landing will ramp up highlight what some might gloss over but what I think is the correct 'order' of doing things: the rail station is built first, developers then piggyback off the new infrastructure second.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 07:00
Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations. Stealing the show again this year was the extraordinary projections upon the Royal Exhibition Building.

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Transport & Design

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 12:00
South Yarra’s latest development is about to strike a blow for excellent and inclusive urban realm design...and not before time. As far back as 2014 and 2015 , Urban Melbourne has highlighted the runaway success of South Yarra's Forrest Hill urban renewal precinct.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 12:00
Two of City of Melbourne's key urban design initiatives are in the starters gates, with Lord Major Robert Doyle yesterday providing further information on the pair. As of next month, the long-awaited upgrade to the southern end of Elizabeth Street will begin.