888 Collins Street scores big at Victoria's UDIA awards

Lendlease conceived 888 Collins Street as Victoria Harbour's stand out residential tower, and that aim has been recognised at this year’s Victorian Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Awards for Excellence.

In facilitating the project located on the corner of Bourke and Collins streets, Lendlease enlisted architects Woods Bagot to conjure the design. Now the auspiciously addressed 888 Collins Street has been recognised as the state's premier residential tower, securing a win in the High Density Development (above 10 storeys) category.

A field of eight projects was considered for the category, with the judging based upon "urban form, community creation, innovation features and environmental and engineering considerations, highlighting quality and innovation across the urban development industry."

888 Collins Street. Image: Trevor Mein

888 Collins Street's grandest public gesture is the Light House installation by artist Bruce Ramus which covers the lower 15 storey tower's entire facade.

Light House was conceived as a real-time weather display that responds to data from the Bureau of Meteorology by illuminating the building’s façade each night. The project also scored a 5-Star Green Star design rating from the Green Building Council of Australia, plus an average 7.2 Star Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme rating.

The project's 578 apartments across two towers are serviced by amenities such as a sky-high golf putting green, pool, gym, spa, business lounge, library and communal rooftop garden.

888 Collins Street sits among Lendlease’s newest collection of premium harbour-side apartment buildings and represents a blend of innovation in technology, architectural excellence, public interaction and sustainability, while enhancing the precinct’s nearby public amenity.

The tower’s design and orientation gives residents the opportunity to take full advantage of Victoria Harbour’s public spaces, offering waterfront views on the doorstep of Melbourne’s CBD.

Lendlease Head of Apartments for Urban Regeneration: Ben Christie

888 Collins Street's construction coincided with Lendlease's delivery of 889 and 883 Collins Street directly opposite, representing Sydney-based Koichi Takada Architects' first Melbourne project.

888 Collins Street with 883 & 889 Collins in the foreground. Image: Melbourne Dream

The Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Awards for Excellence also bore fruit for a number of other high-density residential projects.

Woods Bagot scooped the Consultant's Award on both 888 Collins Street and Promenade Aqui in the adjoining Newquay precinct. Riverlee Group secured the Urban Renewal category for Jaques Richmond which transformed a former industrial rock crushing business into an apartment complex, whilst Caulfield's Cantala apartment and townhouse project was awarded the Medium Density Development category.

To see the full list of winners, click here.

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