Urban Melbourne recently had the privilege of being the only media outlet invited to peruse the recently completed Wrap apartment complex located at 133-139 City Road, Southbank. Championed initially by Melbourne based multi-disciplinary property company Baracon, project partners Leighton Properties, Qualitas and Baron Corporation joined the team prior to construction. Contexx Probuild act as head contractor for the $175 million dollar project, which saw site piling begin early 2012.
Designed by Plus Architecture, the 41 level complex was christened Wrap due to the unique exterior feature frame that envelopes the facade. Drawing inspiration from Melbourne's Arts Centre spire and Beijing's Birds Nest Olympic Stadium, the white lattice structure was married to the tower progressively during construction to create a distinctive form, distinguishing itself from other more generic developments nearby.
A heritage warehouse fronting city road was incorporated into the tower's podium and marks the entrance to the residential development. Upon entry reflective glass floor panels and a podium void promoting a sense of light and space soon give way to one of, if not the most impressive common areas that we've viewed within any residential development.
Included within the ground floor are a cafe, bar, lounge and high end lobby. Whilst projects can be lost in marketing hyperbole when describing facilities and finishes, Wrap Southbank's communal space is genuinely a quality space. An understated elegance is perhaps the best way to describe the area which features marble, recycled brick and dark trim that combines to produce a warm, earthy space - a space where residents and visitors alike would want to go!
Sauna, pool and gymnasium round out residents facilities atop the podium whilst the proceeding 31 levels host a majority of the 300 1 bedroom, 1+study, 2 bedroom and penthouse apartments. One of the premier apartments in the tower is afforded to the live-in manager however; a massive abode within the podium running the entire southern boundary of the complex.
Plus Architecture describe the interiors as "Sophisticated luxury meets contemporary living...the fixture and fittings within each apartment are unsurpassed." Apartments are well presented with extra's such as etched kitchenette splashbacks available at time of purchase, which add yet another dimension to an already impressive space. And of the buyer who at the time of combined two adjoining apartments, we should all be so lucky.
Dual penthouses are afforded massive wraparound terraces, ideal for taking in the spectacular panorama (or a game of cricket). Much like the development itself, the views are far from being crowded out and provide a unique experience on an ever expanding Southbank.
And what next for Baracon following the success of Wrap Southbank? An even grander project looms large as Baracon teams with Urban Matrix & Urban Cube to deliver the spectacular 54 Clarke Street.
At 74 levels and 244 metres in height, 54 Clarke Street will be a revolutionary 288 apartment project incorporating a modular building method and a unique almost scaled facade. Launching a public sales campaign during the latter part of 2014, Baracon expect 54 Clarke Street will appear unlike any other tower on Melbourne's skyline.
Definitely one to watch for, but for those wanting more, registrations of interest can be submitted here.
In the mean time enjoy the image set below, taken during Urban Melbourne's recent visit to Wrap Southbank.