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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 which incorporates a spiral form over its lower levels.

One St Kilda Junction would carry on the recent apartment push into St Kilda Junction, with the area's most recognisable recent addition, The Icon, adjacent to the current Plus Architecture-driven proposal.

One St Kilda Junction application summary

Aerial perspective of the project. Image courtesy Plus Architecture
  • Site address: 8-12 Punt Road and 3-7 Wellington Street, St Kilda.
  • 2,336sqm site with current commercial and limited residential use.
  • Proposed 28 level mixed-use tower at 95.55 metres.
  • 286 apartments: 4 x studio, 130 x 1BR, 130 x 2BR, 18 x 3BR, 4 x 4BR.
  • 5,230sqm of commercial office space.
  • 958sqm of retail space over five tenancies.
  • Six level basement holding 403 car spaces, 247 storage areas and 103 bicycle bays.
  • Communal terrace and resident facilities over level 11.

Plus Architecture design statement

Positioned right on the “Junction” the site has a responsibility to achieve significant site status. It must also elevate the built form conditions in the immediate context by setting a new precedent for any future development aspirations.

The result is a spiralling massing that begins at a historical scale of old St Kilda Road, then extrudes vertically to respond to the existing context heights of Wellington Street, with the spiral completing its turn at a height suitable for a symbolic building. The spiral form allows for the landscaping to continue vertically above the street tree canopies on the many terraces that are formed by the spiral shape.

The site shares three boundaries to three separate streets all with activated facades to achieve a day long activity at the ground plans and the immediate levels above. A pedestrian link running North South between Nelson Street and Wellington Street will give Nelson Street the opportunity to have some thriving North facing retail space.

The digital façade which holds the podium together as a horizontal band is a response to existing on site conditions, the unique traffic environment, and the vibrancy of St Kilda. This digital façade will also assist to elevate the identity of St Kilda Junction and this proposal.

Town planning report for One St Kilda Junction

Digital desire

Light and colour are set to dominate lower levels. Image courtesy Plus Architecture

Very few Melbourne planning applications have sought to include integrated digital façades as part of their development, yet given One St Kilda Junction 's positioning and existing exposure to billboard adverts the development team have chosen to apply digital screening over levels three and four.

Adverts, urban art installations and public information announcements are possibilities for the digital overlay which would capture passing traffic from Punt Road, St Kilda Road, Fitzroy Street and Barkly Street.

Consisting of semitransparent panels which would be internally illuminated by LED's the digital façade would still allow for external views and light penetration as it would for the most shroud office space over levels 3 and 4.

Expectations and reality

The development falls within the St Kilda Road South Precinct which is a preliminary strategic framework aiming to create new planning controls for the area.

At the time of One St Kilda Junction's submission the strategic framework plan had not yet been fully fomalised. It would seem that the development team has sought to utilise this 'grey area' with a proposal of 95 metres as opposed to the 35 metre limit called for within the preliminary strategic framework.

The Icon directly south of One St Kilda Junction passed successfully through VCAT during 2012 at 57 metres, thus providing a midway point or potentially a precedent between the developers want of 95 metres and Council's expectations of 35 metres. Council will not make a decision upon the merits of the proposal until this Wednesday at the very earliest.

One St Kilda Junction development team

  • Developer: Drekoncile Pty Ltd
  • Project Manager: Pomeroy Pacific
  • Architects: Plus Architecture
  • Town Planning Consultants: Urbis
  • Structural Engineers: BG & E
  • ESD and Services Engineers: Simpson Kotzman
  • Traffic Engineers: Traffix Group
  • Waste Management: Leigh Design
  • Wind Engineers: Vipac
  • Building Surveyors: Floreancig Smith
  • Shrine of Remembrance Vista Property Assessment Report: Bosco Jonson Pt y Lt d

4 comments

SYmlb's picture

I love the spiral section down the lower levels, but it looks very dominating and too tall for the area. Maybe trim it back to 60-70m or so, it is suitable for a landmark tower on that location but that kind of height is a bit too much for the area IMO.

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3000's picture

This should go into Docklands or something. However, I love he mixed-use idea and the flashy podium and hope it's approved.

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Rohan Storey's picture

Ive always thought the junction would be a good place for towers, urban landmark and all that, but I didnt expect them to crowd each other out quite so soon ! Poor Icon looks completely dwarfed by this, which appears to have no setbacks from any boundaries, and has little finesse - looks so lumpy compared.

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Nat G's picture

I hope it is approved at a slightly lower height, that corner deserves an outstanding building, but it is just a little too high for that area.
Also, hoping that there is some significant retail shops in the junction.

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