Design

City of Melbourne's amendment 308 seeks to implement a new central city design guide

Agenda item 6.1 at the upcoming Future Melbourne committee meeting at City of Melbourne includes a meaty document that seeks to reshape the way new CBD and Southbank developments are composed, and similarly how they're presented to all of us on the footpath. One of the main outputs in the amendment process is to include a Central Melbourne Design Guide which outlines through imagery what, in the council's view, are acceptable and avoidable built...

City Road scores an altogether questionable design

The construction contract for InterContinental Hotels Group's new Southbank Holiday Inn Express at 35-47 City Road has been awarded to Hickory; it becomes Hickory's fourth Melbourne high-rise project to utilise the construction method. An 18-month construction timeline is planned for the tower which is expected to be complete by September 2019. Hickory have previously utilised the construction method on another hotel, that being Peppers Kings...

888 Collins Street scores big at Victoria's UDIA awards

Lendlease conceived 888 Collins Street as Victoria Harbour's stand out residential tower, and that aim has been recognised at this year’s Victorian Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Awards for Excellence. In facilitating the project located on the corner of Bourke and Collins streets, Lendlease enlisted architects Woods Bagot to conjure the design. Now the auspiciously addressed 888 Collins Street has been recognised as the state's...

Fitzroy's C.F. Row comes up trumps

The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet. As with many significant buildings around Fitzroy, 237 Napier Street...

Cornering the creative market: Hayball's Tom Jordan on Melbourne's new office dynamic

Urban Melbourne has on numerous occasions over the course of the last year highlighted the groundswell of office-based development aimed squarely at Melbourne's city fringe markets. The municipalities of Yarra and Port Phillip have been the primary beneficiaries of this discernible shift in office activity. Only last month Urban Melbourne highlighted the growing importance of fringe suburbs such as Richmond, Cremorne, South Melbourne and...

Toorak Park delivers where it matters most

Toorak Park is the outcome of a decade of development overtones for an expansive and formerly underutilised site abutting Toorak Station. Few projects across Melbourne are larger in terms of site size, with developer Lendlease over recent months applying the finishing touches to 446 apartments and 18 townhouses across a host of buildings. What makes Toorak Park particularly impressive though is the extensive greenery and public permeability...

Development & Planning

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 12:00
Construction works will once more resonate within the walls of Pentridge, as developer Shayher Group begins the next stage of the precinct's transformation. Builder Crema Constructions has further diversified away from their typical apartment-based program, now taking on the job of delivering Pentridge Coburg's retail hub building.

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.