• Mainpoint Apartments

    Moray Street - Melbourne

    This project provides an interesting portal to the City from the south, where the approach on Kingsway travels through an essentially low scaled, near industrial environment before rising on a bridge over City Road and plunging through the horizontal form of the Melbourne Casino to the river’s edge and the CBD proper. This unintended ceremonial procession will now be celebrated by a pair of slender towers, Mainpoint to the west and a new as yet unnamed tower to the east in the grounds of the JH Boyd School, each apparently rising from the bridge’s abutments. Named as a reference to a heritage building on the intersection of Moray Street and City Road, the building contains 360 apartments in a 42 storey residential tower on the visual axis of William Street when viewed from the city, so responding to its urban setting from both north and south. An extremely tight and geometrically challenging site was turned to advantage with a built form which can be read in the round from all directions.
  • Wests Road Apartments

    Maribyrnong

    The Highpoint Principal Activity Centre lies within the western municipality of Maribyrnong, an area attracting a great deal of development interest due to the co-location of numerous retail, educational, recreational and residential activities. No 2 Wests Road occupies an important position on the western boundary of the Activity Centre and on the intersection of Wests Road, Williamson’s Road and Hampstead Road, the latter offset from the intersection by approximately 45 degrees, creating an oblique visual axis for the site. The Project design responded to this as a primary generator, celebrating the entry to the Activity Centre by placing the tallest form on this axis, but set back from the intersection which allowed the creation of a lower podium form on the street edge with an excised semi-circular court. Thus the built form therefore responds as a termination of the axis both to the long view and the close view. The building is designed to be developed in two stages, the northern, second stage providing a transitional element between the 15 storey tower to the south within the site, and the 4 storey forms of the existing apartment buildings to the north. A central, shared open garden court, an elevated ground plane, with large format pergolas and dense planting has been introduced to mitigate any effects of downdrafts from westerly winds and provide residents with a communal meeting space. The development yields192 apartments in the two towers of 7 and 15 levels.
  • Railway Road

    Cheltenham

    One of the new generation of high quality apartment buildings in the middle ring suburbs, this ten storey apartment building lies within a Neighbourhood Activity Centre in the shadow of Southlands. 114 apartments in one, two and three bedroom “flexi” layouts maximise residents’ freedom to occupy and use each apartment differently. The built form is a response to view axes to the site from different streets and from the apartments to nearby gardens and the Bay. The form is crowned with a double height fully glazed lantern form to the south west corner.
  • A’Beckett Street Apartments

    Melbourne

    Few areas within Melbourne’s Central Activities Area have height limits, but this location attracts such a control due to its proximity to Queen Victoria Market precinct. The 60m height control was successfully exceeded by a combination of robust geometry and the adoption of a demonstrable but nascent pattern of similar treatments to the skyline on buildings in this section of the street. The concept of the “clustering” of these forms creates a recognisable cluster of buildings with familial references to one another. The designed result was a complex residential tower with ground floor retail and F+B tenancies, Gym, Swimming Pool and an external social terrace at first floor, Student Accommodation of varying layouts over levels two to thirteen, one and two bedroom Serviced Apartments over the next six floors and two Duplex Penthouses for the Client’s family to crown the building form. Three basement levels of parking were rendered more efficient by the use of fully accessible motorised car stackers, while the fully double glazed external skin was detailed and manufactured in China, placed in containers and shipped for erection in Melbourne.
  • Cityside Apartments

    Jeffcott Street - Melbourne

    Located on the very edge of Melbourne’s CBD this precinct has a modest 40m height limit as it is a transitional zone between the Central City and the lower built form of West Melbourne. The design resulting from this constraint was presented as a heavily modulated built form of14 stories, exceeding the height limit but supported by Council as it dealt sensitively with adjacent buildings and the Public Realm. 175 apartments in one, two and three bedroom formats inhabit this form, with the topmost floors incorporating double storey Duplex units with extensive terraces and concealed inner courts which offer through ventilation for these apartments. Honed bluestone cladding to the ground floor façade and white concrete precast panels with Reckli rustications give the building relief and texture in the streetscape.