Urban Melbourne's Top 5 Picks: Under Construction June 2013

On a monthly basis a Urban Melbourne will publish our Top 5 picks of buildings Under Construction, Proposed.  To start us off, we are publishing our Top 5 projects which are currently under construction in our city for June, and counting down from number 5, here they are!

Tip: open the project database link and forum link in a new window to view the renders for each project.


5. Tip Top, East Brunswick

Why do we like it? Lygon Street in East Brunswick has been identified by Urban Melbourne as an urban development hotspot.  The Tip Top project, currently under construction on the former Tip Top bakery factory site will add a significant amount of new residents to Lygon Street.  With very high frequency tram routes into and out of the city and multiple cross-town bus routes, Tip Top will have some of the best public transport access outside the inner city.  A strong restaurant and cafe scene, bars such as Eydies, Atticus Finch and The Alehouse Project (Northsiders don't have to travel to the Southside for good beer anymore!) - Tip Top is going to have access to all of it, most of which within a 100m walk.


4. Swanston Square, Carlton

Why do we like it? Swanston Square is being built on arguably one of the most important redevelopment sites in Melbourne. Located at the former CUB brewery site on the corner of Swanston Street & Victoria Parade peering directly down Swanston Street to the Shrine of Remembrance, the developers and architects were entrusted to create an iconic building. Once complete, Swanston Square will boast a distinctive facade depicting the face of the aboriginal elder from the Wurundjeri tribe, William Barak.  The stretch of Swanston Street between La Trobe and Victoria Streets is no stranger to bold architectural statements and Swanston Square will enrich the precinct even more.

Project database and Forum thread


3. Prima Pearl, Southbank

Why do we like it? Besides the fact it will stand 254 metres once completed and that it is the tallest tower under construction in Australia at present, Prima Pearl apartments are being constructed in an area of Southbank which will soon boast even more 200m+ towers.  Even at an early stage of construction, the quality of the glass and the form of this building will ensure that it will really stand out amongst the crowd in years to come.   

Project database and Forum thread


2. The Commons, Brunswick

Why do we like it? In terms of sustainable living in Melbourne or anywhere in the world for that matter, this building certainly pushes the boundaries, and we love it! The Commons sits in a current hot bed of development and is being developed by Small Giants who have incorporated the expertise of Breathe Architects to produce a building with an incredible 8 star energy rating! Great effort! 

Project database and Forum thread


1. The Quays, Docklands

Why do we like it?  Well.... what's not to like about The Quays. The developer, MAB Corporation and architects McBride Charles Ryan started with a tricky site to work with, but they have managed to deliver an astonishing pair of towers and podium that complement the site effortlessly for today and into the future. The flowing podium & tower form builds on the Conder's curves and provides a nice contrast with the existing block-centric towers of the original NewQuay towers to the West.  We will never get sick of MCR's use of purple! Our Number 1.

Project database and Forum thread


What do you think of our Top 5? Did we get it right, or are we horribly wrong? Tell us what your Top 5 residential projects under construction are at the moment by using our Project Database as a reference.


MelbourneGuy's picture

A pretty good assessment Chris. Your reasoning is logically based.

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Martin Mankowski's picture

Definitely agree on The Quays being No 1 - it looks all class. They should let MCR design the whole of the Fisherman's Bend precinct!

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Chris Peska's picture

As much as I love MCR, I think the best outcomes for developing precincts are born from a bit of variety and diversity.

Observe. Design. Build. Live.

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Peter Maltezos's picture

I would have included Wrap and the new Sheraton Hotel, both looking stunning already, but looks aren't the only criteria I believe.

Down the track, I wonder if MY80 and 568 Collins Street will be added.enlightened

I collect, therefore I am.

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Tran Bui's picture

Appreciate the sustainability elements in this. Nice


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Chris Peska's picture

Yes I believe that by incorporating sustainable design when it comes to the choice of construction materials and then the on-going sustainable use of a residential development may help shape Melbourne's expectations on what appropriate development is. The Commons is a great example and Rawhouse proposed in Fitzroy is another really good example. The next step I feel is to upscale these types of developments into city high rises, which has been shown to be feasible. But the trick is to convince more developers that this is what the market wants.... baby steps

Observe. Design. Build. Live.

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