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Ivanhoe's latest apartment proposal provides a grand public gesture

John Demos Architects have conceived a new apartment building with the expectation that the project be an appropriate design gesture for a key Ivanhoe infill site. Vacant for many years, 40 Upper Heidelberg Road was in the past subject to a smaller apartment development that failed to materialise. The current project team led by developer SB&G Group have sought a reinvigorated and much larger apartment project for the triangular gateway site...

K7 Developments look to push up Paisley Street

Development news from Footscray continues to flow at an increasing level. Maribyrnong Council is providing the wider public with a first look at a new mixed use development in the heart of Footscray. K7 Developments has enlisted Rothelowman to create a scheme for 72-76 Paisley Street, with the expectation that it will eventually accommodate a substantial and predominantly residential building. One block back from Barkly Street, 72-76 Paisley...

Urban Melbourne's 3D model is evolving

Recently we've been exploring new ways to host our 3D model (or parts thereof) on the site. And today we're going live with a public beta that we'd love to hear your feedback on. This is a significant step forward as we have previously had to rely on rendered stills to illustrate future development projections. As an example, we have taken an in-progress portion of the Southbank model, which allows you to orbit around and freely control with...

Top Cop Shop: 311 Spencer Street gains City of Melbourne support

At its recent Future (Planning) Committee, the City of Melbourne resolved to provide conditional support to Cbus Property's office development at 311 Spencer Street. The Woods Bagot designed tower will occupy a 5,136 sqm site with a frontage to Spencer Street of approximately 55m, yielding an above ground GFA of 107,129 sqm. As mentioned in an earlier article , Victoria Police will be vacating their current premises at 637 Flinders Street to...

XO Projects' first database entry makes for a sleek Alphington addition

It seems the former Alphington Paper Mill may not be alone in reshaping the face of the inner suburb. Lodged with Yarra Council, plans for a sleek and sizeable apartment development on an adjacent 2,980 square metre site marks the arrival of a new architecture firm to the Urban Melbourne Project Database. XO Projects is the design force behind 700-718 Heidelberg Road; the relatively new firm represents the meeting of local design giant Elenberg...

Hayball's 'island' tower emerges above a wave of South Melbourne development

Thailand's famed Khao Phing Kan island is a key design driver behind design practice Hayball's latest residential tower in the public eye. 1-13 Cobden Street in South Melbourne maintains active frontages to all aspects, allowing Hayball to create a 360 degree apartment project for the site which was sold to Holder East during 2016. Handled by Lemon Baxter at the time, the sale included the potential for 238 apartments under a prospective...

A high stakes game unfolds for one of Melbourne's largest proposed developments

As one of the city's last applications judged under previous planning regulations, the chronology of 478-488 Elizabeth Street makes for interesting reading and perhaps points to the convoluted transitional process between old and new planning laws. At the peak of the Asian-backed development wave sweeping Melbourne during 2015, entity L1-2013 Pty Ltd lodged plans for 478-488 Elizabeth Street. The 1,168 square metre site is wedged between two of...

Three new projects step forward to further fill the student accommodation void

The inner city's sustained surge in student housing projects is poised to churn out three additional developments, all of which are currently navigating through planning. As demand for inner city apartments has waned, student accommodation proponents have seized the opportunity to add further key sites across inner northern suburbs to their respective portfolios. As the frenzied sale (and sale prices) of prospective development sites has cooled...

Victorian residential zones: reformed or re-form

The older I get the more cynical I become. So what of this cynicism…? Well, on the on the 27 th of March the Victorian Government gazetted Amendment VC110 to much…err…avail. Touted as residential zone reforms that ‘ get the balance right’, [1] and in opposition to my middle aged cynicism, I dove into the ‘reformed zones’ with optimism. Like all good narratives, each provision of the reformed zones has a role to play. With affordability and land...

Is there still a place for the 'skinny skyscraper' in Melbourne?

Augmented planning rules introduced over recent years has made it impossible for the 'skinny skyscraper' to grace the vast majority of inner Melbourne's skyline. That is, after a number of eyebrow-raising developments were approved under now defunct planning regulations. Whilst the CBD and Southbank may be off limits, a proposal has landed upon Elizabeth Street that looks to keep the typology viable in Melbourne. Kerstin Thompson Architects are...

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Development & Planning

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 13:30
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has signed a management contract for a new hotel and branded residences to be located in the late Dame Zaha Hadid-designed 582-606 (600) Collins Street. Planning permits were signed off by the Minister on the 20th of June.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 12:00
Two important stories which traverse both transport and housing topic areas were highlighted on Urban Melbourne this week. The news that the medium and high-density components of Williams Landing will ramp up highlight what some might gloss over but what I think is the correct 'order' of doing things: the rail station is built first, developers then piggyback off the new infrastructure second.

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

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 12:00
Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) is currently showcasing the cream of the state's design crop by way of the 22nd BDAV Building Design Awards. The public now has a chance to vote for their favourite building over the course of the last year, with 35 entrants vying for differing category awards.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 12:00
Two of City of Melbourne's key urban design initiatives are in the starters gates, with Lord Major Robert Doyle yesterday providing further information on the pair. As of next month, the long-awaited upgrade to the southern end of Elizabeth Street will begin.