Discussing 21st Century church design with DKO's Koos de Keijzer

In response to the growing demands to remain relevant and socially progressive in the 21st century, CityLife - a contemporary church located in Wantirna South - engaged DKO Architecture to master plan their campus and design a series of new spaces and buildings. DKO’s master plan response was to place a collection of buildings around a sheltered, north facing central plaza, which has been conceived as the heart of the church. Located off the...

Melbourne's development by tram redux - the 59

In October 2016 when we first kicked off the series of articles looking at the development pipeline along Melbourne's tram corridors, the 59 was first tram out of the depot . The 59 corridor, except for Elizabeth Street and Flemington Road through the CBD and North Melbourne, runs exclusively within the City of Moonee Valley through Travancore, Ascot Vale, Moonee Ponds, Essendon, Niddrie and Airport West. Moonee Ponds was and still is an...

Construction works echo around Botanicca as further office buildings await

Five years have passed since Burnley's Botanicca Corporate Park received its last major commercial office development. Having been gradually expanded over the past 13 years, the corporate hub now stands to gain in excess of 25,000 square metres of new office space as well as Australia's first Element Hotel. Works are underway on both the hotel and a substantial strata office building that will be constructed side by side. At 588 Swan Street,...

HomesVic launched, applications open Monday 19th of February

The State Government has today launched its HomesVic scheme which was foreshadowed back in March 2017 and is designed to make it easier for those eligible to buy their first home with a 5% deposit. The pilot scheme will see the state government taking a proportional beneficial interest of up to 25 percent in eligible applicant's properties. The pilot is being financed with a $50 million fund announced last year. While the scheme has been...

QVM's Market Garden Pavilion reduced to half its original size

Last year Urban Melbourne reported that the City of Melbourne had voted in favour of revised draft plans for the Q2 area of the Queen Victoria Market Renewal Project. The endorsed scheme reduced the size of the footprint of works in exchange for a deeper excavation for the below-ground facilities at the western end of Sheds A, B, C & D. As a result, the eastern sections of the sheds, adjacent to Queens Street, no longer require removal...

Nightingale's initial project reaches completion as more in the series begin construction

Nightingale 1 now stands directly opposite The Commons in Florence Street Brunswick (which acted as the test bed project for the wider Nightingale series) as the completed first project in the mushrooming series of development which have social, environmental and financial sustainable goals at their core. Designed by Breathe Architecture , the project's completion heralds another landmark in the Nightingale series which has expanded rapidly in...

Noble Park's new station inching closer to opening

Foreshadowed in the final months of last year, the Pakenham/Cranbourne lines - also known as the Dandenong corridor - has had various shutdowns in place in order for work to progressively open new stations and sections of elevated track. The main shutdown of the line between Westall and Dandenong is underway and it will re-open with trains using the new elevated track and station on Thursday the 15th of February. During this large-scale shutdown...

Third time lucky for Riverlee's 731-739 Flinders Street development

A key Northbank site with a long history looks to be reaching a resolution, following the City of Melbourne announcing its support for developer Riverlee's scheme for a $450 million revitalisation of Goods Shed No.5. The mixed-use development at 731-739 Flinders Street, replaces a 2013 permit for a 14-storey office building with commercial and retail spaces. Designed by COX Architecture the development allowed for: 14 level office tower with 21,...

City Road scores an altogether questionable design

The construction contract for InterContinental Hotels Group's new Southbank Holiday Inn Express at 35-47 City Road has been awarded to Hickory; it becomes Hickory's fourth Melbourne high-rise project to utilise the construction method. An 18-month construction timeline is planned for the tower which is expected to be complete by September 2019. Hickory have previously utilised the construction method on another hotel, that being Peppers Kings...


Development & Planning

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 16:00
Located just one kilometere from Brighton’s Bay Street retail strip, MAST is the latest apartment development to take advantage of Brighton's bayside location and cosmopolitan lifestyle, which includes a vibrant and diverse mix of restaurants, cafes, bars, nightlife and shopping.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 00:00
Gamuda Land is set to unveil an impressive collection of artwork for the soon to be completed 661 Chapel St development in South Yarra. Andy Dinan, Director of Mars Gallery which is renowned for exhibiting and promoting contemporary Australian artists, has been invited to specially curate the art collection throughout the development; included will be some of Australia’s most collected artists.

Visual Melbourne

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 12:00
The various spaces and elements which combine to form RMIT's New Academic Street (NAS) have progressively begun to open to students and visitors alike. I was recently fortunate enough to be part of an informal group tour through the completed spaces within NAS, led by Harrison and White which had a hand in the project.

Transport & Design

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:00
Agenda item 6.1 at the upcoming Future Melbourne committee meeting at City of Melbourne includes a meaty document that seeks to reshape the way new CBD and Southbank developments are composed, and similarly how they're presented to all of us on the footpath.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00
One of the world’s more unique International design competitions - The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) 2018 - has come to Melbourne. Sponsored by the State Government of Victoria, the competition opened in early January but was officially launched on Saturday, Feb 10 th as part of the Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne.