Plus Architecture

Plus Architecture is an award-winning, integrated architecture and interior design practice founded in 1997.

Through its thoughtful, well-considered approach, the team’s capabilities extend to multi-residential, master-planned, commercial, aged care and mixed-use developments.

Plus prides itself on the ability to create projects which not only contribute positively to the urban landscapes in which they sit, but that also deliver great commercial outcomes for clients.

It is this intersection between design innovation and commercial success that defines the firm, and its architects are constantly striving for design excellence that also adds significant value for the client.

With offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Christchurch, Auckland, and Perth, Plus is led by its growing team of Directors and Associates who drive design ingenuity with efficiency and focus, while playing a key role in the constant evolution of our major cities.

Contact Name: 
Jess Liew
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+61 3 8696 3999
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448 Level 2
3004 St Kilda Road , VIC
Australia
Victoria AU

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Gravity Tower in Fishermans Bend now complete

Gravity Tower, the first tower to start construction, top out and reach completion with residents now calling it home has been completed in the Montague precinct in Fishermans Bend. Developed by Blue Earth Group, designed by Plus Architecture and constructed by Hamilton Marino builders, Gravity Tower is well and truly a tower of the pre-Andrews government planning regime. So much so, construction has completed before the imminent release of the...

Doncaster Hill's next major apartment project verges on approval

A final planning decision looms next week for Doncaster Hill's latest apartment development. Already holding the consent of Council planners, a positive result at next week's Council Meeting will see 666 Doncaster Road add to the measured flow of high-density residential projects atop the hill. In their report, Council planners have recommended that the Plus Architecture-designed scheme be approved, subject to conditions. Now home to a low-rise...

Apartments galore set to breathe new life into the western CBD

Once derided as the derriere of Melbourne's CBD, the west end is undergoing a marked revival with a slew of residential projects about to begin. This revival largely can also be attributed to the ongoing development of Docklands and the redevelopment of what is now Southern Cross Station, with the resultant epicentre of Melbourne's CBD slowly shifting to the area around King and Spencer Streets. A snapshot of some of the largest of these...

West Melbourne latest application adds to the suburb's development appeal

West Melbourne's increasing rate of densification will in time subsume another substantial site, with the expansive Rose Furniture building spanning 512-544 Spencer Street earmarked for redevelopment. Latest to capitalise on the area's march toward high density living are project partners Abacus Property Group, Lechte Corporation and Crema Constructions. 512-544 Spencer Street is the third current Melbourne apartment development for the team...

The long-dormant 31 Queens Road heads to planning

Queens Road is likely to lose one of two major vacant development sites in the near future, with 31 Queens Road now resting with City of Port Phillip's planning department. Alongside a site adjoining Bayview Eden Melbourne which was once subject to a hotel proposal, 31 Queens Road is one of the two 'missing teeth' detracting from the thoroughfare which is itself undergoing a construction spurt. Queens Road Projects Pty Ltd is the entity looking...
Project renders of the 555 Collins Street development

Collins Street West set for significant change

With the bulk of Melbourne CBD's current high-rise boom centred largely along the northern reaches of Elizabeth Street, there's now a shift back towards Melbourne's traditional main street of Collins Street. This is evidenced by six significant projects at various stages of their life-cycles, which are set to transform the western end of the traditional Hoddle Grid, bringing with it further street life and activity. The buildings range in height...

Perri Projects diversify into the hotel sector

South Melbourne is poised to host a new hotel on the corner of Moray and Dorcas Street, with developer Perri Projects planning to launch the luxury development. Having gained a footprint onsite during 2005, subsequent land purchases were made allowing Perri Projects to push ahead with the hotel scheme, which entered planning mid last year. With approval in place, Perri Projects are now ramping up their intentions for the site to coincide with a...

Calculating the cost of the new Better Apartments Draft Design guidelines

The proposed apartment standards will add $62,500 to the construction cost of each apartment. The attached document below illustrates our calculations for each of the standards. The cost of each standard is calculated by multiplying the construction rate with the increased area of each item. None of the standards are for free. They all come at a cost. The yield of each site will also decrease by 20% to 40% as a result, with the impact on...

C270: How will it affect development in Melbourne’s central city?

C270 is the amendment to the interim planning controls (C262) that landed like a bomb last year . For the most part, this amendment is a step in the right direction. However, there is one change that will have a profound impact on development viability: the Plot Ratio is now 18:1. If you own a site and were planning on lodging for a permit based on 24:1 plot ratio, you will be hit hard. Your yield will now be based on an 18:1 plot ratio unless...

295 King Street approved

The Plus Architecture-designed 208.3 metre 295 King Street tower for Farinia Pty Ltd first profiled on Urban Melbourne back in February 2015 has been approved by the Planning Minister. As witnessed through recent proposals in the centre of the city, Melbourne's skyscrapers are beginning to take on a decidedly playful form and 295 King Street is no different. The project's podium is of a similar height to the adjacent Hotel Sophia on the other...

Plus Architecture's shimmering Burbank House proposal revealed

Plus Architecture have unveiled another of their burgeoning portfolio of current projects by way of a new 57 level residential tower in the northern reaches of Melbourne's CBD. Developer Burbank Australia is seeking approval for the residential conversion of 96-102 Franklin Street which has acted as its inner city office for some years. Burbank House as it's known is no stranger to proposed development with Burbank Australia gaining approval...

St Kilda Junction subject to its biggest development yet

The recent upward trajectory of St Kilda Junction has received an exclamation mark of sorts with a massive mixed-use planning application currently with City of Port Phillip. Located at 8-12 Punt Road and 3-7 Wellington Street, the project which has been dubbed One St Kilda Junction would stand at over 90 metres if given the green light. Developer Drekoncile Pty Ltd has engaged Plus Architecture who have in turn created a uniquely shaped tower...

Landream, Zaha Hadid and Plus Architecture come together to produce 582-606 Collins Street

A development application which would see a 54 level mixed-use tower built at 582-606 Collins Street has been lodged with the Planning Minister on behalf of proponent Landream. The lead architect has been named as Zaha Hadid working in collaboration with St. Kilda Road-based Plus Architecture. A media release distributed on Monday morning states the proposal is set to include retail, commercial and resident components with a diverse range of...

Fishermans Bend's first project breaks ground

Amidst the ongoing political kick-to-kick over the handling of Fishermans Bend, a new era has begun as the Urban Renewal Area's first project has officially commenced construction. Developer Blue Earth Group's Gravity Tower now sees head contractor Hamilton Marino in charge of the project which fronts Montague Street and Gladstone Street. Geotechnical Engineering has been engaged as a specialist subcontractor, going about delivering foundation...

DealCorp's spinalscraper: 42-48 Claremont Street, South Yarra

Make no bones about it, Cremorne-based DealCorp are back in the high-rise game after a hiatus of sorts in which the developer has pursued low and medium-rise residential projects over a number of suburbs. At the point of their efforts is an intended development within South Yarra's Forrest Hill Precinct that is set to distinguish itself from the pack. Plus Architecture are responsible for the design which sees the exterior of the 25 level...

C262 clarification session with the DELWP: what I learnt

If you read the Schedule to DDO10 you probably have some questions, like many of my clients do. Most of the controls are very clear in the Schedule to DDO10. They include height, set back and plot ratio. Some are unclear and dangerously open to interpretation. On September 16 I attended an information session with the highly articulate Larry Parsons, Director of Development Approvals & Urban Design Development at the Department of...

Comment: Amendment C262 will stifle design innovation in Central Melbourne

The recent, and very quiet, amendment to the C262 planning amendment by the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, which has placed new plot ratio restrictions and increased setbacks for Melbourne CBD buildings, spells disaster for our industry and simply cannot be ignored. This amendment has far-reaching implications including: Innovation is now stifled. If you own a narrow site that is say 15m wide in the CBD, under the new planning amendment...

The transformation of South Yarra's back blocks continues

South Yarra's Chapel Street - the area generally bound by Chapel, Simmons, Palfreyman and Garden, South Yarra's back blocks in the sense that the area in question plays second fiddle to the more prestigious developments within South Yarra's Forrest Hill precinct - is experiencing a development renaissance of its own. Historically a low-rise commercial and light industrial pocket of South Yarra, the area has seen constant apartment development...

Manors Gate Group launches Hawthorn Club

First established in 2012, boutique premium developer Manors Gate Group has built its reputation through its experience in developing luxury homes in areas such as Toorak, Balwyn and Hawthorn. The strategy of developing in inner-suburban areas has led to the natural evolution of the business to now deliver its first multi-residential development in Hawthorn with the launch of Hawthorn Club. Located on the former Hawthorn Club site from which the...

ISEO leads a new wave of Moreland apartment developments

Pockets of Moreland continue to gentrify via a pipeline of new apartment projects, with the latest being ISEO at 443-445 Lygon Street, Brunswick East. Most apparent on this stretch of Lyon Street is the continued shift toward apartment living, with ISEO a prime example. The project's interiors have been created by Plus Architecture on behalf of TON Projects, with ISEO returning to residential use after 36 years as a commercial venue, albeit...

The top 15 architecture practices referenced on the Urban Melbourne Project Database

Architects. They're the glue in the development process: interpreting, balancing and binding the various capitalist, creative and regulatory inclinations, goals and motivations. This special role that architects play ensures there's quite a lot of them if a city is pivoting toward a medium and high density development future like Melbourne is. Our project database has over 200 different firms that are linked to at least one project. The...

Essendon's high density development a model example

If Rob Adams were to nominate a prime example for his Transforming Australian Cities blueprint which was presented over the 2009-2010 period, I wonder if Essendon would be the most appropriate locale today? Advocating medium density housing along major transport corridors, with tram lines to the fore, the document was designed to address the pending population squeeze while also increasing patronage on public transport. Much discussion ensued...

"Better Apartments" should be retitled "More Expensive Apartments"

On the surface, the Victorian Government’s “Better Apartments” discussion paper seeks to confirm what every apartment occupier would want to hear: mandating bigger, brighter, cross-ventilated apartments with great outlooks. What it fails to address is that this comes at significant cost. The Government is using this discussion paper as a pre-emptive move to bring Sydney’s SEPP 65 strict planning rules to Melbourne. If this transpires, the...

Big on Chapel: 402-416 Chapel Street planning application

Foreshadowed in an article earlier this year highlighting the exploits of Plus Architecture, one of the firm's most recent schemes has landed with City of Stonnington during early March and is now on public display. Currently a nondescript dual level commercial complex somewhat out of place as opposed to its nineteenth and early twentieth century neighbours, 402-416 Chapel Street is designed to be a 12 level mixed-use development holding prime...

Central South Yarra tops out

Little Projects' Central South Yarra development located at 3 Yarra Street has achieved a major construction milestone: topping out. On Wednesday the 11th of February, Little Projects held a traditional construction event to mark the milestone with an olive tree hoisted up to the rooftop where it spent three days; the placement of a tree when a building tops out is to symbolise growth and bring luck to a development. Michael Fox, Managing...

Planning application: 295-309 King Street, Melbourne

Constantin Brancusi's Bird in Space , Alvar Aalto's Savoy Vase and the iridescent nature of a bubble which captures the reflection and refraction of light waves via its surface. Not the first thoughts that come to mind for the average reader contemplating the design impetus behind Plus Architecture's scheme for 295-309 King Street, Melbourne. Nonetheless they have been listed as major influences upon what may become one of Melbourne's tallest...

Leighton seeks to offload their Moonee Ponds super site

Leighton Properties Managing Director Mr Mark Gray described the purchase of Moonee Ponds' Readings site as "Consistent with Leighton Properties strategy to focus on inner ring urban renewal sites which are in prime locations, close to transport links, retail and places of work." Sixteen months later and the boom site covering more than 13,300sqm is for sale with JLL and CBRE jointly offering what was formerly home to the Moonee Ponds Market...

Plus Architecture begins 2015 with a bang!

St Kilda Road-based Plus Architecture have recently updated their website with fresh information, thus allowing Urban Melbourne to insert a swag of new and predominantly residential listings into our Project Database. South Yarra twice over, Glen Waverley, Box Hill, South Melbourne and North Melbourne are home to the new project listings, with 720 apartments and 157 hotel suites the expected sum result. Little Projects' The Elfin residential...

Gravity Tower poised to become Fishermans Bend's first build

Could this be Fishermans Bend's first tower to reach construction? A planning application first highlighted on Urban Melbourne during August 2013 looks likely to take the title of Fishermans Bend's first project to become reality. 91 Montague Street , now better known as Gravity Tower @ 89 Gladstone Street is the latest project to be delivered by assiduous Melbourne-based developer Blue Earth Group. In line with Blue Earth Group's business plan...

City of Port Phillip fielding planning applications from all directions

City of Port Phillip's planning department is currently juggling a healthy number of high-density planning applications as land owners and developers seek to push through the next wave of apartment development. At varying stages of the planning process, the projects listed below would add 405 new dwellings to the municipality with South Melbourne and St Kilda the suburbs of choice. With six of the smaller current planning applications...

The Eminence joins the queue on Queensberry

The latest in a mounting number of apartment developments centred around Carlton's Queensberry Street was launched last night. The Eminence, which was first highlighted last year by Urban Melbourne as a planning application, celebrated its launch event with all relevant project partners in attendance. Speaking to project architect Ian Briggs of Plus Architecture, he explains that the design reflects its location - a marriage of the CBD's...

In Focus > Wrap Apartments @ 133-139 City Road, Southbank

Urban Melbourne recently had the privilege of being the only media outlet invited to peruse the recently completed Wrap apartment complex located at 133-139 City Road, Southbank. Championed initially by Melbourne based multi-disciplinary property company Baracon , project partners Leighton Properties, Qualitas and Baron Corporation joined the team prior to construction. Contexx Probuild act as head contractor for the $175 million dollar project...

Moonee Valley Racecourse Master Plan kicks again

In complete contrast to the Caulfield Racecourse master plan which seemingly gained approval without incident, Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) has found itself mired in a bog of Council discontent, resident anger and most perilous of all, political points scoring. Initially put forward during 2011, the intended redevelopment of Moonee Valley Racecourse (MVRC) into a contemporary facility intermingled with swathes high density living has to date...

Planning Application > 91 Montague Street, South Melbourne

Today we take the wraps off yet another intended residential development for Fishermans Bend. 91 Montague Street South Melbourne (also known as 89-103 Gladstone Street) adds to Melbourne developer Blue Earth Group's burgeoning portfolio of residential projects over all stages of the development process. Following a recent collaboration with Plus Architecture for an intended residential development located at 195 Wellington Street Collingwood ,...

Planning Application > 139-155 Queensberry Street, Carlton

As demolition progresses for the Upper House residential development on Swanston Street, another apartment building on an adjoining site awaits approval with a planning application lodged for 139-155 Queensberry Street, Carlton. Currently under assesment by Melbourne City Council, the site is also bound by Queensberry Way and Cornell Place. The building if constructed will rise 15 levels and sit between the 17 level Upper House project and the 9...

Development & Planning

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 12:00
Brunswick's Anstey Precinct is in for a massive shot of development as Melbourne's Nightingale Housing plans seven separate buildings in a project that will be dubbed Nightingale Village. Already accustomed to urban renewal, the area surrounding Anstey Station is set to benefit from the unprecedented move by Nightingale Housing to develop what amounts to an entire street.

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

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 00:00
Spring Street has released details of a large shutdown of the Pakenham/Cranbourne and Frankston lines which will allow workers to complete major upgrades to the rail infrastructure. The work is required to allow for the introduction of the new High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMTs) and will involve upgrading power & catenary, signalling and communications equipment in the Dandenong (Pakenham/Cranbourne) corridor.

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.