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South Yarra

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. Noir...

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...

Forrest Hill's apartment numbers are big and getting bigger

South Yarra has consistently been a hot spot for apartment development for some time, yet the suburb's Forrest Hill Precinct continues an unprecedented surge of large-scale planning applications which continue to land with City of Stonnington. The latest to join the ranks is 37-41 Claremont Street with Artisan Architects last week submitting plans for a 31 level residential tower on behalf of LK Property Group. Sold by CBRE City Sales during...

DealCorp's spinalscraper: 42-48 Claremont Street, South Yarra

Make no bones about it, Cremorne-based DealCorp are back in the high-rise game after a hiatus of sorts in which the developer has pursued low and medium-rise residential projects over a number of suburbs. At the point of their efforts is an intended development within South Yarra's Forrest Hill Precinct that is set to distinguish itself from the pack. Plus Architecture are responsible for the design which sees the exterior of the 25 level...

The transformation of South Yarra's back blocks continues

South Yarra's Chapel Street - the area generally bound by Chapel, Simmons, Palfreyman and Garden, South Yarra's back blocks in the sense that the area in question plays second fiddle to the more prestigious developments within South Yarra's Forrest Hill precinct - is experiencing a development renaissance of its own. Historically a low-rise commercial and light industrial pocket of South Yarra, the area has seen constant apartment development...

Add another to South Yarra's emerging 'Forrest'

As South Yarra's Forrest Hill Precinct churns out apartment towers seemingly at will, developers have of late continued to push the limits of their projects in the pursuit of increased returns. While a string of taller towers at either planning or approval have lined up along Chapel Street, 16-22 Claremont Street is the most recent proposal that would have a marked presence in the South Yarra skyline. Proponents K&E Rogers Pty Ltd have...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 00:00
The City of Melbourne earlier this week agreed to provide conditional support for MAB Corporation's NewQuay West Development Plan via its Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee. The revised development plan prepared by DKO Architecture and Aspect Studios was driven by the development of the Ron Barassi Senior Park which necessitated a revisiting of the precinct layout and urban structure.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
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.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

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Transport & Design

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 12:00
Earlier this month the State Government announced a new station between Rockbank and Melton would be built at Toolern. The announcement is one of many which are slowly creating a picture of how an electrified metro line between Sunshine and Melton will look.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.