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FOOTSCRAY | 1 Warde Street | 63m & 84m | 19L & 26L | Residential

Mark Baljak's picture

kicking off thread for 1 Warde Street

taken from DPCD planning application and © Elenberg Fraser Architects


transition line

design influence

rooftop layout


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Martin Mankowski's picture

I love the rooftop concept. The indoor lounges and dining rooms make great entertaining options with stunning views, whilst the outdoor lounge areas are leisurely beaches in the sky. Make good additions to the usual gym and pool.

The lower levels are neatly dressed in shrubbery too. Adding greenery to the outside of buildings is starting to become a real trend in Melbourne, and its done smartly here.

However i dunno about the rest of the design. Its close cousin Clara Apartments at least had some interesting angles and curves to give the facade some definition. This design looks very straight up and down and grid like, with not a lot of imagination in the colour scheme.

I think these towers are much less the glamour and romance of 'Romeo and Juliet', and much more the everyday mundane life of John Cougar Mellencamp's 'Jack and Diane' - "Just 2 kids growing up best they can".

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Dean's picture

With plans approved Gurner now has this site for sale.

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Qantas743's picture

Credit where credit is due.

Just a shame he doesn't apply the "its height and density were well suited to the growing area" line to CBD approvals.

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Mark Baljak's picture

took a while

Gurner part of $15m+ Footscray sell-off
Gym owner turned blue-collar then white-collar property developer, young BRW Rich List member, Tim Gurner, is speculated to be selling a major development site in Footscray, five kilometres west of town.
The 1 Warde Street site covers 2170 sq m and came with a permit for towers rising 26 levels and containing 388 dwellings atop a commercial component.
Gurner agreed to acquire the property, within the state government's Joseph Road urban renewal precinct, more than five years ago.
The recent sale price has not yet been disclosed however the last round of advertisements were calling for offers in excess of $10 million. CBRE's Mark Wizel, Julian White and Ed Wright were the marketing agents.
In February, Gurner paid $40 million for an 8500 sq m Queens Parade, Fitzroy North, residential development site. That same month, the builder sold more than $10 million of flats within an hour, for its proposed 74 Eastern Road, South Melbourne, complex.
Elsewhere in Footscray this week, an 1890 sq m site at 26-30 Buckley Street, with a controversial 12-level development permitted by Planning Minister Richard Wynne last year, found a buyer for about $5.5 million, following a CBRE campaign.

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zenith's picture

Can anyone confirm whether the site was sold, and if so to whom? CBRE is no longer listing the site.

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Mark Baljak's picture

No announcement was made on the site's sale - not sure what happened with this one

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.


Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.