167-169 City Road, Southbank gains planning approval

It seems Australia 108 may not be the only new hotel to grace Southbank in the near future. Melbourne City Council recently approved a 16 level hotel tower at 167-169 City Road, wedged between two existing apartment towers.

Southern Capital Corporation engaged Peddle Thorp Architects to design the $20 million dollar building highlighted by a diagrid facade that changes shape, adhering to the slanted form toward the crown. Currently home to Melbourne Towing Service, the small site offered some challenges according to the architect.

167 City Road is a project that has been in the system for quite some time. The current design is continually being challenged by the DDO’s, alleviating a greater developmental opportunity.

Setbacks and street activation are the main design considerations from an urban planning perspective whilst reducing the impact on amenity of our neighbours and proving quality apartments in our proposal is looking to be the constant wrestle of the design process.

Peddle Thorp Architects

Aesthetically pleasing, sympathetic to its neighbours by way of setbacks (as much as can be) and well sized relative to its immediate environment; a good result all round.


Peter Maltezos's picture

I can see this being a little architectural gem on City Road if ever completed, a bit like Monaco Housesmiley

I collect, therefore I am.

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Rohan Storey's picture

Are you sure this was approved ? The Planning Register says 'extension of time approved' in march 2013, not 'approved', and then an application to amend in 2014 was withdrawn, so that leaves it not approved ? in limbo ? lapsed ? If its lapsed, then the new controls apply to any new proposal, which would mean much greater setbacks on both sides, which is just as well, because it would have put a bunch of lower level apts in 'the summit' next door facing into 5m wide slots, and other apts windows facing translucent windows of hotel rooms.

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Mark Baljak's picture

Approved at the time, followed by a revised design

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