South Yarra

Gamuda Land engages Mars Gallery to curate 661 Chapel St

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. Aerial view of 661 Chapel with the Melbourne...

Iglu Student Accommodation heads for South Yarra

Iglu Student Accommodation wants a prime piece of South Yarra's Forrest Hill precinct for their next Melbourne outlet. Forrest Hill has been dominated by traditional apartment developments in recent years, although the designated urban renewal precinct is beginning to further diversify. Alongside Iglu 's intended redevelopment of the land at 6-8 Claremont Street, LK Property Group are looking to add a 294 suite hotel further north along...

South Yarra's Jam Factory redevelopment a public realm bonanza

When a site spans 19,280 square metres, it becomes a 'district'. That's the case according to the development team behind the Jam Factory's pending overhaul. Reporting on the project to date has focused on the close to 60,000 square metres of new commercial space that is earmarked for the site, but more importantly from a layperson's perspective is the extensive new public realm that is planned as part of the development. Our vision for the new...

South Yarra's fourth hotel in development unveiled

Apartments have seemingly taken a back seat in South Yarra as developers look to cash in on Melbourne's buoyant hotel sector. Latest to the trend is LK Property Group who are seeking to usurp their already approved residential tower scheme on Claremont Street with a 294-room hotel tower. If successful 35-41 Claremont Street would join three other prospective hotels within South Yarra, which combined could add as many as 711 new hotel suites to...

A look inside Noir as the project races toward completion

South Yarra's latest residential addition is rapidly approaching completion, and to mark the occasion Urban Melbourne was guided through Noir by developer Dahua Group. Under the guidance of head contractor Hacer Group, Noir 's construction has moved at breakneck speed, so much so Dahua Group asserts it has risen in record-breaking time. The project, on Garden Street, has advanced from its ground level slab to completion in only eight months...

Beulah International lifts the bar for luxury apartment living in South Yarra

Malaysian-backed developer Beulah International is looking to well and truly underline the push by many of Melbourne's developers into the luxury apartment market by reworking an approved scheme for a prime Toorak Road land holding. Currently at planning, Beulah International have chosen to scrap an earlier approved BDLC-designed project involving 37 apartments in favour of 10 grand-sized dwellings. Spanning 146 -150 Toorak Road West, the...

Yarra One finally strikes a blow for Forrest Hill's urban realm

South Yarra’s latest development is about to strike a blow for excellent and inclusive urban realm design...and not before time. As far back as 2014 and 2015 , Urban Melbourne has highlighted the runaway success of South Yarra's Forrest Hill urban renewal precinct. Unfortunately though as skyscrapers sprouted throughout the precinct, the ground plane and its importance to the success of the overall development was in essence lost. Scant few...

The Hanging Gardens of South Yarra

Rockley Gardens is an 8-storey residential development that has been designed as a carefully curated residence comprising of 49 apartments, 1 retail tenancy and associated parking. Located within South Yarra at 339 Toorak Road, Rockley Gardens is the new flagship residential development by Metacorp, the Australian division of International Developer AlloyMDT. It has been designed by architects, Elenberg Fraser with a unique ‘hanging garden’...

Street to stalk, 627 Chapel Street walks the walk!

Fridcorp and Elenberg Fraser's third joint project within South Yarra's Forrest Hill Precinct looks set to produce arguably the area's most interesting building. Interesting in that plans currently on display for 627 Chapel Street show a residential tower set above a street interface that shapes as being something unique to the area. In a recent chat with Urban Melbourne, Fridcorp founder and Director Paul Fridman outlined 627 Chapel Street's...

The boomer-boom: 55 Claremont targets the luxury apartment market

Prolific South Yarra developer Michael Yates has banked upon the continued success of the luxury apartment sector within the suburb by positioning his latest apartment offering squarely at the expanding baby-boomer sector of the market. After a string of successful apartment and commercial developments spanning the best part of two decades and predominantly within South Yarra's Forrest Hill Precinct, Michael L Yates & Co. have released 55...

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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.