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CBD Model

A new Jewel in the Crowne along Northbank?

With a sizeable amount of development activity expected to occur in the immediate area over the next few years, it's an appropriate time to have a look at one of Melbourne's eyesores. Collins Square, Melbourne Quarter, North Wharf (not shown in model) and the former Convention Centre site are at varying stages of development, Crowne Plaza to my thinking should be next in line. Keep in mind these concepts are very high level and have been...

Melbourne CBD Model update: August 2016

One of the first things I was keen to do upon returning from my European holiday was provide the Urban Melbourne 3D model with some much needed attention, particularly in light of a number of recent significant approvals. As such the following 11 projects have been added to the model or updated in the previous two weeks: The Conservatory, 9 Mackenzie Street 295-309 King Street Ritz Carlton at West Side Place & Tower 2 updated The Jean Nouvel...

Melbourne CBD Model update: March 2016

Another week and another CBD model update for those of you interested in its progress. The model is at a point now where most of the buildings within the Hoddle Grid, Southbank and Docklands have been modeled. Attention will now turn to modeling any outstanding existing buildings and proposals in addition to updating other developments such as Melbourne Quarter now that further concrete details are emerging. Recent additions to the model include...

CBD Model update: Docklands to the fore

Following on from my visual essay on progress throughout Docklands I've again revisited Docklands part of the Urban Melbourne 3D model , in light of all the activity and new proposals which have come through. One or two projects may require updating or are adsent, otherwise the model remains up to date across each precinct. The model also now features the major proposals along Spencer Street such as Premier Tower and the West Side Place...

Southbank's surge continues: another CBD model update

With 2016 now well underway and several projects gearing up for construction or gathering pace, it's an opportune time for another update on the progress of Urban Melbourne's CBD model. Previously the focus has been on the CBD North area, however with big projects such as Australia 108 in full swing and the approval of Kavanagh Park, it seemed like the next area worth looking at was Southbank. As this is an ongoing process there are still...

The Northern Heights: CBD North model updated

It has been some time since the last update of the northern quadrant of our CBD model, better known as CBD North. With a host of new proposals and approvals adding to the precinct, it seems an opportune time to revisit the area as it stands prior to the effects of amendment C262 becoming clear. Select each image for a larger view. Elevation of northern CBD towers looking south. At time of writing, the highlighted area as modeled carries 18...

Urban Melbourne's CBD Model in the making

For as long as I can remember, stretching all the way back to my early days on the SkyscraperCity forums, I had a keen interest in how Melbourne was developing. Within the confines of the Hoddle Grid, Southbank and the emerging Docklands precinct the likes of Eureka, Freshwater Place, 121 Exhibition Street, Urban Workshop etc. were under construction simultaneously; the boom acting as a catalyst for public interest. Fast forward ten years and...

The King in the North: 224-252 LaTrobe Street

The title of this afternoon's article is in part a light-hearted celebration of the return of Game of Thrones (for a fourth season tonight), but also a commentary on the visual and physical dominance of 252 LaTrobe Street when considered in its future context, amongst a host of other talls. In other words, an excuse for me to churn out some renders. Where Melbourne Central once reigned supreme for over two decades as the dominant tower in the...

Development & Planning

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 00:00
A rush of planning applications either side of the festive break are cumulatively seeking to add to South Melbourne's robust development scene, with four major apartment projects lodged. City of Port Phillip will now assess the respective merits of the fresh applications, along with a handful of other noteworthy towers already at planning that when combined, would provide the popular suburb with thousands of new apartments.

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).