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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.

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Demolition of existing building and construction of a 60 storey mixed use development comprising residential apartments, office space, café and medical centre and removal of easement

First solar-powered apartment skyscraper to rise in Melbourne

A landmark high-rise apartment tower in Southbank whose glass exterior is wrapped in solar cells will provide its residents with "off-the-grid" power stored in Tesla-like batteries, its designers say.

The 60-level building will be the first skyscraper in Australia environmentally engineered to include solar cells in the facade, creating a far greater surface area for catching the sun's rays.

"We get an enormous area of solar panels by comparison to running them across the roof," said Peter Brook from Peddle Thorp, the architects behind the design.

The curved exterior of the building has been orientated to deliberately capture the sun's movement from east to west throughout the day, a feature that had created an "elegant tower".

"Sometimes simple ideas translate into beautiful buildings," he said.

"The objective will be to have a complete off-grid building. That's probably somewhat over-ambitious but the objective is to get as far as we can down that road," Mr Brook said.

To do that, high-tech solar materials will be sourced from China, wind turbines will be fitted on the roof, glass will be double-glazed, a battery storage system will service the 520 apartments and it will have low-energy LED lighting throughout.

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