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Altus Development

Distinguishing oneself on Southbank as Monarch Tower enters the fray

The development team behind Southbank's Monarch Tower have positioned the new project at the higher end of the apartment market, far from some of the projects which surround the mixed-use development. Representatives of Altus Development, Moull Murray Architects and Bella Charlton recently spoke with Urban Melbourne prior to the project's launch, discussing the all-encompassing task of positioning the permium tower in a location where...

Moull Murray unveil a striking new 258 City Road

Touched upon by Urban Melbourne last week , Southbank is set to receive a new skyscraper in the form of a refashioned City Road mixed-use building. Moull Murray Architects are the design practice behind the project, teaming with Altus Development once more after the rapidly expanding Clayton-based developer secured the 1,265sqm site. Appearing initially on Urban Melbourne during 2013, the scheme for the then 256-260 City Road was the work of...

Development & Planning

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 00:00
Hoardings advertising Airport West's first high density apartment project have been removed, as the site heads back to planning with the intention of becoming the suburb's first high-rise development. Dubbed Alfa Apartments to date, the build would have seen retail tenancies and 50 plus apartments over five levels, on the corner of Matthews Avenue and Webb Road.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 00:00
On 2 January 2017, it was reported that several popular eateries and bars in Footscray had been vandalised, including the perennially successful 8 Bit Burgers on Droop Street, and Up In Smoke on Hopkins Street. 8 Bit had the warm new year's welcome gift of 14 smashed windows and the words “F**k off hipster scum” spray-painted on their entrance.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 17:00
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”.

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Transport & Design

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 12:00
Timber mid-rise buildings are becoming the preferred choice for many stakeholders in Melbourne, due to a combination of factors, including cost-effectiveness, liveability, ease and efficiency of construction. Within the recent National Construction Code change, Deemed-To-Satisfy provisions allow mid-rise timber construction for buildings up to 25 metres “effective height” (typically, eight storeys).