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Gunnersen's radical Fishermans Bend intentions in limbo?

Timber merchant Gunnersen looks to have stumbled in an initial bid to revamp its Port Melbourne headquarters into a multi-towered residential development. As City of Port Phillip tabled a less than glowing report on the proposal last week, the project's status on the State Planning Register has been adjusted to 'on hold'. A planning application for the massive 17,500sqm site was lodged during April, lasting only a handful of months until it was...

Arts West fits best for Melbourne University

One of the city's more significant design contributions has taken its place within the grounds of Melbourne University. In the heart of the Parkville campus, the new Arts West Redevelopment was unveiled at the turn of September and primarily consists of a new $66 million teaching and learning building. Arts West also shapes as a key placemaking project, allowing the immediate area to tie-in by way of a newly landscaped plaza which references...

Elizabeth Street's squeezy scraper returns to planning

In the truest sense it may not be a skyscraper yet a revised proposal located at 696-708 Elizabeth Street most definitely fulfills the 'squeezy' criteria. Previously covered by Urban Melbourne in its initial guise, the proposed residential building was and remains remarkable for its proximity to a neighbouring residential building currently under construction. Whilst the initial version fell short of both Council and VCAT's expectations, a...

UEM Sunrise's next Melbourne foray shapes as a standout project

Malaysian firm UEM Sunrise has teamed with ARM Architecture for the developer's third Melbourne project. Lodged with Council during late 2015, City of Port Phillip have already indicated that they will support the extravagant conversion of the now commercial complex at 412 St Kilda Road into 182 high-end apartments. The emergence of an amended planning application comes as Victoria Police are preparing to vacate the building following the sale...

Orbis South Melbourne shows its wares

Panel by panel, one of Melbourne's truly unique residential buildings is beginning to show its considerable character due to an exterior unlike any other. Orbis is located on Palmerston Crescent, South Melbourne, and is the handy work of ARM Architecture on behalf of South Yarra-based Arno Corporation. Spanning seven levels and holding 48 apartments, Orbis' sculptured exterior is the development's highlight which sees a golden, concave facade...

At arm's length: 696-708 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

In isolation it's a typically dashing ARM Architecture design that would provide a visual focal point in an area already heavy with architecturally dominant buildings. Yet place the freshly submitted 696-708 Elizabeth Street planning application in context and the overall picture becomes somewhat obscured. During 2013 Jobs Australia Ltd's 696-708 Elizabeth Street site formed part of a larger development plot with intended joint partner PDG...

Neil Masterton talks St. Collins Lane

Urban Melbourne recently talked with ARM Architecture's Neil Masterton. As Design Director of the prolific architecture firm, Neil was the premier candidate to explore the design rationale behind the pending St. Collins Lane development , formerly Australia on Collins. LD: What were the key drivers behind your offices' design strategy for St. Collins Lane? Improved sight lines? Light? Greater permeability? NM: The fundamental driver behind the...

Days of Future Past: CUB Site Carlton

With the release of X-Men: Days of Future upon us we once again find ourselves delving deep into the Urban Melbourne archives, this time perusing the various incarnations of Grocon's Swanston Square project at the top end of Swanston Street. Like the film's impressive roll call of big name actors, the site is similarly playing host to an all-star cast of local architects. It's difficult to comprehend that 8 years have passed since Grocon first...

Development & Planning

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 00:00
Melbourne Airport owner Asia Pacific Airports Corporation (APAC) is facilitating a new hotel development on airport land that will see two new operators take up a combined 464 suites. In documents that are available for public viewing , APAC has identified Novotel and Ibis as likely operators of the 4-4.5-star hotels.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 00:00
Gamuda Land is set to unveil an impressive collection of artwork for the soon to be completed 661 Chapel St development in South Yarra. Andy Dinan, Director of Mars Gallery which is renowned for exhibiting and promoting contemporary Australian artists, has been invited to specially curate the art collection throughout the development; included will be some of Australia’s most collected artists.

Visual Melbourne

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 12:00
The various spaces and elements which combine to form RMIT's New Academic Street (NAS) have progressively begun to open to students and visitors alike. I was recently fortunate enough to be part of an informal group tour through the completed spaces within NAS, led by Harrison and White which had a hand in the project.

Transport & Design

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 07:01
As part of its $88 million redevelopment, the State Library of Victoria (SLV) is providing Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets with the opportunity to help with its transformation as part of its Vision 2020. The expansive project will create additional space for public use, restore and reopen the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, and reinstate the historic Russell Street entrance.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00
One of the world’s more unique International design competitions - The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) 2018 - has come to Melbourne. Sponsored by the State Government of Victoria, the competition opened in early January but was officially launched on Saturday, Feb 10 th as part of the Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne.