Sol Invictus to glow over Westgate, Southbank
Australia's "first substantially off-the-grid, green energy-generating residential tower" is the latest building proposed to loom over the West Gate Freeway, in Southbank.
To be known as the Sol Invictus Tower (Sol Invictus meaning "the invincible sun", after a Roman sun god) – the 60-level, 520-unit skyscraper proposal is the latest lodged with Planning Minister Richard Wynne for approval.
The tower is earmarked for a 972 sq m parcel at 42-48 Moray Street, and an adjoining 168 sq m block known as 11-13 Hancock Street.
According to ICR Property Group's Raff De Luise, representing the land purchaser, the Peddle Thorp-designed building will utilise cutting-edge solar and wind energy technology, expected to generate on average more than 50 per cent of its common area base load power requirements.
The mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments promise to be "exceptionally large". The tower will also provide public and private amenities including a childcare and medical centre.
Mr Wynne may one day be reviewing another dense tower, for 130 Little Collins Street, a 605 sq m CBD plot with a 1960s building occupied by the Uniting Church Centre, after details were revealed this month suggesting the block could make way for a 33-level structure.