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Light my way - 450 Elizabeth Street

When it rains, it pours! No not a reference to the dismal weather at the moment, but the continuing surge in new apartment project releases Melbourne is experiencing.

Sure to be one of 2014's marquee releases, Light House Melbourne is the assigned moniker to one of this city's more unique apartment projects. 450 Elizabeth Street first gained approval during 2012 on behalf of site owner Sixth Grange Pty Ltd for a 62 level, 197 metre tower carrying 541 apartments.

Subsequently project partner Hengyi Australia was added and during February 2014 consent was received to extend the tower beyond the approved scheme seen below. Melbourne City Council now lists the project at 67 levels and 218 metres, although Colliers via their statement below have the tower at 69 levels of undulating edifice.

Image © Elenberg Fraser

Apartment living redefined by a kaleidoscope of possibility, with its shimmering, striking exterior Light House is certain to become a hero of the Melbourne skyline. This unique building has a sculptural presence, rising an impressive sixty-nine stories. Within each of these exterior facets is an exceptional bay window, increasing the light and space in every residential apartment to witness the lively streetscapes below and enjoy the sense of community in this bustling part of the city.

Colliers International (Selling Agent)

Appearing to turn on its trajectory, the building has no corners. How do you dissolve the corners of a skyscraper when that is where all sheer forces are normally resolved? Well, we discovered the answer lies in traditional masonry techniques for turning corners using bricks.

This three-dimensional kaleidoscope not only twists and undulates on its axis but its façade is a moving object. The effect of constant motion is amplified by the multi-chromic directional paint system applied to the surface, which reflects and draws the building up into the sky. You may have seen this paint effect on cars before, but never on a building!

Elenberg Fraser (Architect)
A distinctive facade. Image © Elenberg Fraser

This supermodel of a building also needed to battle the slenderness ratio – the rule that governs how tall and thin buildings can go. It overcomes this constraint by virtually becoming a vertical cantilever with a series of outrigger beams to prevent it from overturning, and to stop it rotating along with the façade system. The series of rotational units are a series of bay windows for the apartments, which pick out different vistas of city as the façade crinkles.

Elenberg Fraser (Architect)

Joining Light House Melbourne in the immediate vicinity are the soon to be released Empire Melbourne, Victoria One and the at sales Eq. Tower.

Registration of interest for Light House Melbourne are open via the project website http://www.lighthousemelbourne.com.au/

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