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 three bedroom apartments and penthouses; down from the original 270 after buyer interest saw the amalgamation of various apartments; in some instances entire floors were merged to create enormous dwellings.
35 Spring Street is the first luxury apartment building to be completed in Melbourne in many years and proves there is a market and appetite for well-designed, generous apartment homes. It is a building designed to be ahead of its time, while remaining classic for decades to come.Cbus Property CEO Adrian Pozzo
The double skin wrap around the building’s exterior is arranged in an asymmetric ashlar pattern, allowing for oversized windows and expansive views.
Bates Smart were responsible for both the overall design and interior finishes.
35 Spring Street's ground floor features a restaurant and grand residents’ lobby with the prevalent theme throughout the foyer that of a strong, rich and natural finish. Capping the space is an Inge King sculpture that was preserved from 35 Spring Street’s previous life as an office complex.
In addition to the lounge at ground level, the ninth floor also carries amenities by way of a private dining room and kitchen, wine storage area, pool, gymnasium, plus internal and outdoor entertaining areas. The amenities level also defines the beginning of 35 Spring Street's tower component.
As to the tower's design, Bates Smart provided Urban Melbourne with the following response.
The design stands out not only for its height, but its intricate facade and massing which draws parallels with Manhattan and is reminiscent of some of the towers which flank Central Park.
The design of 35 Spring St was inspired by its premium park location and never to be built-out views which extend beyond the Treasury Gardens, but also the local precinct, such as the surrounding heritage government buildings and the vibrancy of Flinders Lane.
The façade draws references from the materiality of the surrounding buildings, with its vertical strands providing elegant proportions and a crispness of edge. The facade was also inspired by fabric patterns, and references the manufacturing legacy of Flinders Lane.
The building has an extraordinary position on the far eastern boundary of the Hoddle Grid, and aims to define the edge of the city. Like many of the buildings that surround Central Park in Manhattan, 35 Spring St, creates a strong line and edge between city and park.
It is a new landmark for Melbourne and creates a new gateway into the city. While, the design pays tribute to many of Manhattan’s most elite residential developments, the tower’s references to local precinct and high quality finishes, ultimately reflect Melbourne, making it a strong architectural statement for our city.
With 35 Spring Street now complete, Cbus Property are pursuing a string of additional developments around Melbourne. Of those, Collins Arch and Classic East Melbourne shape as developments which have also been positioned to attract the high-end owner occupier.