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Optimus Developments

K1 Residences look to set the tone for luxury living

K1 Residences by Optimus Developments is located at K1 Union Street Melbourne and offers a unique point of difference to other developments on the market. as it is one of the most unique selections of residences to come onto the market this year. Rising 13-storeys, K1 comprises 13 full floor residences covering an area of over 175sqm representing a rare opportunity to purchase full floor apartments with commanding 360-degree views. K1 seeks to...

Melbourne's new rash of penthouses continue to set the benchmark

It's a great time if you happen to be in the market for an ultra-luxury abode withinin one of Melbourne's premier apartment projects. There's no shortage of choice, with some of the more recent releases to the market looking to set new benchmarks for size, price and overall luxury. Hot on the heels of Mirvac unveiling The Grand Pavilion Penthouse within their Eastbourne development, Optimus Developments are preparing to release K1 Residences...
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Nine High sets a new design benchmark

Located at the juncture of Thornbury and Preston, and occupying the site address of 9 High Street from which the project derives its name, Nine High is an 8-storey development of 68 apartments by Kincaid Projects and Optimus Developments . Sitting on the crest of Thornbury Hill with views down High Street, Nine High is a custom designed residential development that seeks to create a sense of place by embracing the rapidly gentrifying Thornbury...

Development & Planning

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 06:00
Almost three years to the day of Urban Melbourne covering Eq. Tower's planning application , ICD Property's 62-storey tower at 127-141 A'Beckett Street has held its topping out ceremony. The event held onsite yesterday coincided with the first round of residents settling on apartments within the Elenberg Fraser designed scraper.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 09:00
The New Urban Agenda was officially adopted in Quito, Ecuador in the last plenary of the Habitat III conference. The agenda provides a 20-year “roadmap” to guide sustainable urban development globally. The text of the New Urban Agenda itself was agreed well before Habitat III at the UN General Assembly in September, during an extraordinary informal negotiation session that lasted for more than 30 hours.

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

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 08:30
The recent approval of Sterling Global 's mixed-use tower at 383 La Trobe Street adds to the influx of towers with international influence leaving their mark not only on Melbourne's skyline, but the city's streetscapes. The $700 million mixed-use tower, a collaboration between French design architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel and local Australian executive architect Architectus, has been designed with people at its core.

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).