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OHM 2013: 171 Collins Street

After leaving Walter + Eliza Hall Institute last Saturday, I meandered down to 171 Collins Street. Open House Melbourne 2013 was good timing for 171 Collins Street: the development is complete, BHP Billiton is moving into the high-rise section although a number of low-rise floors don't have tenants as yet. Click the images for a larger version. Looking up through the atrium to the high-rise area which BHP Billiton will be moving their Global...

Development news from Doncaster Hill

Recently Manningham City Council handed down a decision rejecting a proposed mixed-use development located at 602-630 Doncaster Road, Doncaster. The prominent corner site opposite Westfield Doncaster was to have taken a large mixed-use development designed by ITN Architects on behalf of Jaksal Pty Ltd. In its rejected form the development was to have incorporated 267 apartments over nine levels, three levels of commercial space and 565...

North Wharf - A new urban space

Another office block in Docklands you say? Same old, same old! Well not quite. Site developer Asset1 has in recent days been kind enough to advance to UrbanMelbourne.info a handful of high quality renders for their recently approved development at North Wharf spanning 731-739 Flinders Street, Docklands. Consider initially the media release, excerpts of which are provided below Asset 1 is commencing a new wave of revitalization and refurbishment...

OHM 2013: Walter + Eliza Hall Institute

After leaving the RMH Tunnels and Helipad tour , I hot-footed it around the corner to the Walter + Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) as part of my Open House Melbourne 2013 outing. Since 1915 WEHI has had an association with the Royal Melbourne Hospital and effectively it has been located next to, or in an RMH building ever since. The tour started at the main entrance located next to the basketball court for University High. The interior is simple yet...

The Human Scale

Since beginning his work during the early 1960's, Danish architect and founding partner of Gehl Architects, Jahn Gehl has long been regarded as a person that appreciates the human element within the public realm of our cities. Gehl, along with his wife, often documented these human behaviours and interactions in order to gain a real world understanding of human interaction. This appreciation has lead to Gehl penning many books and receiving...

OHM 2013: Royal Melbourne Hospital tunnels & helipad

Over the past weekend, Open House Melbourne drew many people out of their winter hibernation and onto the streets to view the various public and private buildings which threw their doors open. Having read many reviews in previous years on the the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) tunnels, I was pleasantly surprised to find the helipad was also open to the public this year. Registration was required before the tour began and everyone who registered...

Gertrude Street Projection Festival 2013

This weekend saw the conclusion to the visual arts spectacular that is the Gertrude Street Projection Festival , a description of which is taken directly from the Festival's website: In 2013 The Gertrude Street Projection Festival (GSPF) will celebrate its sixth year of staging inner Melbourne’s most visible and accessible free large scale arts festival. Running from 19 to 28 July, the festival celebrates projection art and lets us see familiar...

OHM 2013: Building E16 - Urban Workshop

Open House Melbourne 2013 entered its fifth year on the ever growing Melbourne events calendar this weekend. Boasting over 100 buildings open to the public all over town, it is a stark contrast to the eight that opened their doors along the Swanston Street spine during the event's inception. For the second year running I volunteered my services and having completed a shift at Trades Hall in Carlton last year I found myself stationed at Urban...

Hotspots - All the way along the Bay?

A piece today highlighting the march of apartment living into areas you may not expect. Bay Road joins both Sandringham and Cheltenham with Sandringham Station and Southland Shopping Centre notable markers at either end. With an abundance of vacant blocks and dilapidated light industrial structures, Bay Road lends itself to intensive redevelopment given the abundance of nearby services/amenity. And so a number of apartment projects have begun in...

The Ecstacy of Bronze > 690-708 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Roughly ten years ago Alastair and I found ourselves in the Franklin Street offices of developer PDG Corporation speaking to the Giuliano family about their impending redevelopment of the old Ansett headquarters, soon to be the 55 level, Verve 501 apartment tower. PDG Corporation who were relatively new to highrise development at the time have evolved over the last ten years to become one of Melbourne's premier developers, with a string of...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 12:00
With Victoria Police vacating 637 Flinders Street in 2019 to relocate to shiny new digs at Cbus Property's 311 Spencer Street, Sydney-based owners Anton Capital are seeking to offload the site a mere two years after initially acquiring it.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 00:00
Rachel Ong , Curtin University ; Christopher Phelps , Curtin University ; Gavin Wood , RMIT University , and Steven Rowley , Curtin University Australia’s capital cities are getting more and more units, that are largely concentrated and come with a hefty price tag, a new report shows .

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 07:00
Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations. Stealing the show again this year was the extraordinary projections upon the Royal Exhibition Building.

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Transport & Design

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 00:00
On Wednesday next week, RMIT's Centre for Urban Research is holding its third monthly Talking Transport event: The Melbourne Airport Rail Link, are we there yet? It is a free, ticketed event , to be held at RMIT's Building 80 - located at 445 Swanston Street - level 11, room 10 from 6:00 pm.

Sustainability & Environment

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 12:00
Over the course of the last week OSK Property has released images of a new Southbank park within its Melbourne Square development. The large public park will occupy more than 20 per cent of overall site and will be one of the first stages of the project to be delivered.