First covered on Urban Melbourne just a tick over 3 years ago, Golden Age Group's Victoria One has achieved a significant milestone with head contractor Probuild topping out the core at a height of 271m AHD and in the process claiming the title of the tallest structure in the Melbourne CBD.
According to Probuild the the core’s last concrete pour occurred at the tower on Saturday 17 June, well ahead of schedule
One of the many challenges posed by the development has been the staged settlement for apartments within the tower. Probuild has strategically constructed Victoria One to allow the settlement of 232 apartments, up to Level 39 can occur unencumbered, whilst it completes the remainder of the building by June 2018.
This will allow Golden Age to be the first developer of the currently under construction Elizabeth Street talls to commence settlement, despite the likes of Light House and Empire reaching structural completion in advance. As a comparison the first residents will begin moving into Empire from the end of next month.
The sleek rectilinear design of Victoria One is in stark contrast to Elenberg Fraser's other Elizabeth Street tower, the neighbouring Light House, which has adopted a much more complex form to capture and reflect light. Victoria One's architecture has been inspired by its namesake's vast array of park's gardens and rainforests which is reflected in it's green facade that also evokes images of timber grain and fluidity.
The form and façade of this mixed-use tower recalls Victoria’s famous landscapes – the gardens, waterfalls, rainforests, waterways and beaches that make up this southern state. The fluid façade appears soft and yielding like the local parks, oceans and rivers. Green glazing with gold highlights gives a botanic feel. The fins – which appropriately also assist with wind and sun protection – are shimmering silver, shifting like the currents of a stream or leaves being shaken with rain.
- Elenberg Fraser
While a significant achievement it will be short lived with another Elenberg Fraser designed tower also being delivered by Probuild set to usurp Victoria One in the next 18 months. The 88-storey Aurora Melbourne Central will eventually rise to a height of 269m above street level or 287m AHD claiming the title of Melbourne CBD's tallest structure.
Victoria One will comprise: