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CBD | 383 La Trobe Street | 70L | 242m | Mixed Use

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Another 200m+ - Jean Nouvel!

http://www.afr.com/real-estate/new-f...0160518-goxmgh

New for Nouvel: Pritzker winner designs $700m tower on Melbourne's La Trobe St

Jean Nouvel, the French architect behind Sydney's world-beating One Central Park development, is making his mark on Melbourne with a $700 million, 70-level mixed use tower in the CBD's northern edge.

Developer Sterling Global on Wednesday lodged plans for the tower with 488 apartments and a 196-room luxury hotel on the 338 La Trobe Street site it purchased from Investa Office Fund last year for $70.7 million.

The planned building has a plot ratio of 29:1, meaning its 82,000-plus square metres of space will be 29 times the area of the site – currently an Australian Federal Police office. It exceeds both the 18:1 limit Victorian planning Minister Richard Wynne proposed last month and the 24:1 interim ratio set last year, but the developer is hoping for leniency as a result of the design by Mr Nouvel that will create a laneway through an otherwise impenetrable block as well as a public arcade that permits large-scale digital artworks to be shown across its surfaces.

About one-third of the site bordering Melbourne's historic Mint will be turned into public space by the laneway and arcade, permitting a new pedestrian route towards Flagstaff Gardens on the other side of La Trobe Street and Flagstaff Railway station. It will be activated by retail, an art gallery and a 'curated bookshelf' – a type of library.

"We designed this according to the interim guideline control of 24:1," said Brandon Yeoh, Sterling Global's development director. "What we're providing justifies the bonus."

Each of the four sides of the building will have a different coloured facade, such as the red facing La Trobe St, consistent with the mint's red brick wall. Sky gardens will be accessible to residents and one, on level six, will be accessible to the public.

Mr Nouvel, winner of the Pritzker Prize – architecture's equivalent of the Nobel – for work including the 1987 Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, poured scorn on general rules dictating developments. Every site required designers and planning authorities to focus on a unique development that reflected its own context, geography and history, he said.

"General rules are a disaster," Mr Nouvel told The Australian Financial Review during a visit to Melbourne two weeks ago. "This building for me, it is an attitude, linked to using all the advantages of the site. Here, you have an heritage wall linked to a museum ... and you have one of the first garden parks of the City of Melbourne; you have a tower [the Republic Tower at 299 Queen St], like a brother, very close to you. There are so many things – you have [the Queen Victoria] market very close, you have Melbourne Central with all the lanes arriving on the site. You cannot do the same project if you do not have that."

The project, for which Architectus is the local design firm, is the latest of a number of CBD developments targeting local owner-occupiers, rather than investors. One-third of its dwellings will be one-bedroom apartments ranging from 55 sq m to 60 sq m in area, with the rest larger. The penthouse will cover 480 sq m. Pricing is not yet clear.

At a time when approvals of new apartment developments have topped out in Melbourne and expectations of an oversupply are growing, developers had to compete with better-quality offerings than their rivals, Mr Nouvel said.

"When you have this kind of situation, it's a fight," he said. "It's the epoch to create the most intelligent and attractive apartments and the worst apartment will stay on the tapis – the carpet, as we say in France – but it's a dangerous situation when you have this."

The building could be complete in four to five years' time, said Mark van Miltenburg, Sterling Global's head of investment and development.

"It's a neglected part of the city that could do with some residential investment," he said.

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Qantas743's picture

There's also images within the link but don't know how to post them - sorry.

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Melbourne_Fragments's picture

presume you mean 338 La Trobe?
http://www.investa.com.au/office/portfolio/detail/383-latrobe-street-mel...

not sure how a laneway will go throgh block given the lack of any connection at rear

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3000's picture

That's it?

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Mark Baljak's picture

Would be impressive if that southern facade was all DigiGlass

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Adrian's picture

Award winning architect ? It looks like an oversized Central Equity development.

Adding some hanging gardens and a few decorative side wedges does not a good design make Imo ..

That One Central Park in the picture above ..

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Michael Berquez's picture

I'm intrigued.......and very keent to see more. A bit much to call it an oversized CE building, even in that one render it's clear to see the design elements are far superior to any CE building.

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Qantas743's picture

Reminds me of Greenland Centre in Sydney.

Overall I expected more from him.

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MelbourneGuy's picture

Tend to agree with the comments. On the face of it, it seems rather underwhelming, hopefully I'm proven wrong.

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pdoff's picture

It's interesting, but not attractive.

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3000's picture

The article makes it sound like an amazing outcome. I'm going to wait for more renders before making a proper opinion but hopefully the podium is a good outcome.

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Dean's picture

The address is 383 Latrobe not 338.

Fairly disappointing to be honest. It's better than the banal Greenland centre in Sydney but not by much.

Here's the podium

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3000's picture

Thanks Dean.
Podium goes alright if a bit boundary riding.
Is the podium office/retail?

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Mark Baljak's picture

Had a look at the plans this evening. Hands down the best ground level activation I've seen.

Monumental really.

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Dean's picture

It's pretty hard to see from that small pic. Looks like some sort of art installation at the entrance. What's the deal Mark?

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3000's picture

Will there be an article on this? It seems like it's delivering a fair bit so it'll be interesting to see the details in an article when they come out.

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Peter Maltezos's picture

So are they planning to demolish this post-modern building for this development or gut it and renovate it for the podium?

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Mark Baljak's picture

Passage goes all the way through and links with the approved VU Tower ground floor activation, providing a through link within the block.

Full demo for new structure. Essentially the interior passage is one massive digital art display with glass lift wells either side for separate resi/hotel use. Incredible renders - the image above shows the entry point art and it goes from there.

Eastern facade is gold and southern is likely different degrees of etched glass. Every hotel/apartment view is framed by the coloured lattice structure which is set 500mm off the facade.

Looking like early May for more info to be made public.

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Bilby's picture

I'm not sure about the tower, but the podium is interesting. It appears to have an expressed structural steel frame - can anyone confirm if this is the case?

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Michael Berquez's picture

I'm loving the idea of the green exo-skin

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Melbourne_Fragments's picture

So it presumes the VU will go ahead? is that risky?

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Mark Baljak's picture

No risk as this site backs onto Sampson Lane so VU has been thought of but is not necessary to the overall flow of traffic - but VU would definitely boost traffic flow

Looks like VU's current lease on Flinders Street expires in 2020, so that may be a timeline for the project

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