Empire Melbourne - 398 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Empire Melbourne - 398 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Image courtesy Hayball
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6 office pods; 418sqm in total. 1004sqm retail space
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1,030.00 square metres
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Trams 19 / 57 / 59
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Development & Planning

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Policy, Culture & Opinion

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Visual Melbourne

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Melbourne’s architectural landscape is a wonderful juxtaposition of modern and Victorian architecture. Although the CBD has been peppered with many skyscrapers, its historical structures have won Melbourne the title of “Australia’s most European city”. Perhaps the most striking example of this juxtaposition between old and new is the Coops Shot...

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108 Leicester Street is a collection of eight multi-level Fitzroy townhouses that have been designed to respond to the changing face of multi-residential living in Melbourne. The hybrid inner-city dwellings combine developer/builder FOURSQ with Melbourne firm BKK Architects. The design acknowledges the housing typologies of the development's Fitzroy neighbourhood with...

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