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11 Nov 2017
380 Lonsdale Tower
Architects: Elenberg Fraser
380 Lonsdale in Melbourne
pictue : Binyan Studios

380 Lonsdale Melbourne Building
Decidedly cosmopolitan, 380 Lonsdale Street seems to have everything that Melbourne needs. This new project puts the mixed in mixed-use, taking cues from our client to bring a bit of Singapore-style precinct urban planning and a tropical twist to this prominent site in the CBD.

6 Nov
Ikebana
Design: Elenberg Fraser Architects
Ikebana Building Melbourne
photograph : Peter Clarke

Ikebana in Melbourne Building
Ikebana’s name gives you a hint at the story behind this new residential and retail project in West Melbourne. Yes it’s Japanese-inspired, but without the cliché – you won’t find any Hello Kitty here, although there is a karaoke room.

6 Nov 2017
Beyond House
Design: Ben Callery Architcts
Beyond House in Melbourne
photo : Peter Bennetts

Beyond House
With Beyond house Ben Callery Architcts seek to stretch the boundaries of the typical terrace house. The existing heritage house was south-facing, dark, cold, narrow and overshadowed by neighbouring walls on both side boundaries.

1 Apr 2017
Geelong Library and Heritage Center, Victoria
Design: ARM Architecture
Geelong Library and Heritage Center
photo courtesy of architects

Geelong Library and Heritage Center Building is a new landmark in the City of Geelong. The project required a visionary design to not only be a useful, meaningful space for the community with a modern layout and design for the 21st century.

29 Mar 2017
Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science Centre, Doreen, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Architects: McBride Charles Ryan
Ivanhoe Grammar
photo : John Gollings

New School Building in Melbourne
McBride Charles Ryan of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, has been announced as the winner of the WAN Colour in Architecture Award 2016 for their Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science Centre, a project that places a vibrant and engaging use of colour at the heart of the design concept.

29 Mar 2017
Meakins Road Residence, Flinders, Victoria
Design: B.E Architecture
Meakins Road Residence
photo courtesy of architects

New Residence in Flinders
Set on 100 acres in coastal Victoria, this site was bare of vegetation except for a 100-year-old row of Cypress trees. The design was based around a series of sunken walled courtyards to create immediately useable outdoor areas in the windswept environment.

8 Mar 2017
Pond House, ‘Marrandillas’
Design: Nic Owen Architects
Pond House Marrandillas
photograph courtesy of architects

Untouched for over 50 years this grand old Edwardian manor in Camberwell was a museum piece when recently purchased by the new owners. The family of 5 loved the period details and had dreamed of living in this street and exact house for many years.
Camberwell Edwardian Residential Property

MPavilion Melbourne, Queen Victoria Gardens
Design: Bijoy Jain Architect, Studio Mumbai
MPavilion 2016 by Bijoy Jain
photograph : John Gollings

MPavilion Melbourne – 4 Oct 2016

Chadstone Shopping Centre, Malvern East
Design: The Buchan Group / CallisonRTKL architects
Chadstone Shopping Centre Malvern East
photo from architect

Chadstone Shopping Centre – 13 Oct 2016
The first stage of Chadstone’s $660 m redevelopment has been unveiled, reinforcing the retail centre’s infinite capacity for reinvention.

2 June 2016

383 Latrobe Street Tower
Design: Ateliers Jean Nouvel / Architectus

383 Latrobe Street Tower in Melbourne
images Courtesy Sterling Global

Developer Sterling Global has submitted a planning application for a 70-storey, AUS$700 million mixed-use tower in Melbourne CBD’s northern edge, designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel (design architect) and Architectus (executive architect).

383 Latrobe Street Tower in Melbourne

French architect Jean Nouvel is also the designer for Sydney’s One Central Park.

Sterling Global lodged plans on May 18 for the tower. The building will include 488 apartments and a 196-room luxury hotel on the 388 La Trobe Street site it purchased from Investa Office Fund in 2015.

The planned building has a plot ratio of 29:1, meaning its 82,000-plus square meters of space will be 29 times the area of the site. It exceeds both the 18:1 limit Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne proposed last month and the 24:1 interim ratio set last year, but the developer is hoping for leniency as a result of the design by Nouvel, which will create a laneway through an otherwise impenetrable block as well as a public arcade that permits large-scale digital artworks to be shown across its surfaces.

383 Latrobe Street Tower in Melbourne

In procuring a design for the tower, the developer worked with local, independent experts including Andrew Hutson, associate dean of architecture at the University of Melbourne, and a retired director of Woods Bagot, to generate a long list of 30 international practices for the project. From the long list, 12 expressions of interest were sought and four practices were shortlisted to participate in a competitive design process.

Ateliers Jean Nouvel beat major architects studios Büro Ole Scheeran, Skidmore Ownings and Merrill, MAD Architects to win the project.

If constructed, the tower will be Ateliers Jean Nouvel’s first project in Melbourne and the second project in Australia following the One Central Park apartment project in Sydney.

Merricks House in Melbourne
2 Feb 2016
Design: Robson Rak Architects
Merricks House
photo from architects

The site is a 10-acre rural farm block with a little farmhouse in Merricks, 50 minutes drive from Melbourne.

699 Bourke Street, Melbourne – 15 Dec 2015
Design: Grimshaw, Architects
699 Bourke Street
photo : John Gollings

When building in the air, a new ground plane needs to be constructed and this was done for this new building. Aligned with the western edge of the existing Southern Cross Station roof, this ground plane sits 24m above the train tracks.

Imperial Doncaster – 17 Nov 2015
Design: The Buchan Group, Architects
Imperial Doncaster Melbourne
photo © Michael Gazzola

The development, featuring a range of one to three bedroom apartments with a series of large penthouses, is set on a steeply sloping site opposite Westfield Doncaster.

Kew House, Melbourne – 19 Aug 2013
Design: Nic Owen Architects
Kew House
photo : Rhiannon Slatter

The design solution resulted in little change to the overall footprint, consisting of the removal of a late rear extension ‘meals room’ and replacing it with ‘the claw’. Aptly named by the owners the new family-room embraced the sloping land reaching up to the rear raised garden. The claw-roof was conceived to provide solar protection to the north while allowing the winter sun indoors. The claw is surrounded on 3 sides with full height glazing, extending the living environment into the rear landscaped yard.

Flinders St Station, Melbourne – 8 Aug 2013
HASSELL, Herzog and De Meuron win Flinders Street Station Design Competition
Flinders Street Station Melbourne
image by architects
The Australian/Swiss design team of HASSELL, Herzog and De Meuron has won the Flinders Street Station Design Competition. “The jury was unanimous in its decision to award first prize to HASSELL, Herzog & De Meuron, describing their design as ‘a beautiful and compelling integration of aspects of the original station design, strongly reinforcing its gateway status’,” Dr Napthine said.

Wyndham Harbour Project Expansion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – 18 Jul 2013
Development Expansion news
Approval for the expansion of one of the most exciting redevelopments in Melbourne’s west gaied: extensions to the Wyndham Harbour project announced. Planning Scheme Amendment C156 will allow Wyndham Harbour to grow to a community of almost 1,400 residents. Approval will also assist in fast tracking a ferry service link to the Docklands and the CBD.

Highpoint Shopping Centre – 16 Jul 2013
Design: Grimshaw
Highpoint Shopping Centre Building
photo : Phillip Noller

This 30,000sqm extension to the existing shopping centre building is the first retail centric project by the British architects practice since their acclaimed Sainsbury’s building in Camden, London. The architects “challenged existing retail perceptions by breaking down the traditional inward-looking approach. Importantly, the new Highpoint creates a vibrant public realm with strong connections to the surrounding environment, landscape and community”.

The Yardmaster’s Building – 28 Jun 2013
Design: McBride Charles Ryan, Architects
The Yardmaster’s Building
photo : John Gollings
Within the gritty rail yard environment, squeezed between a space formed by the divergence of V-Line tracks at the end of platforms 5 and 6, the Yardmasters Building is a multi-use facility for the various workers and operations associated with the Southern Cross Rail Yard. A service building that in years passed may have been treated in a pragmatic and unremarkable way.

Prahran Hotel, Windsor, Victoria – 20 Jun 2013
Design: Techne Architects
The Prahran Hotel Australia
photo : Peter Clarke Photography
The Prahran Hotel is a substantial two storey corner pub with a striking streamlined art deco facade. The rear of the venue had a poorly proportioned, internalised single storey extension and the clients brief for the project called to demolish and replace it with a dramatic double height space with a central courtyard.

Avenue Apartments, Melbourne – 29 May 2013
Design: Elenberg Fraser
Avenue Apartments Melbourne
image from architect

We’ve all heard of a liquid lunch, but liquid architecture? Well, Elenberg Fraser have done it again with Avenue, their latest residential building for Fridcorp, situated on the corner site of Alexandra Avenue and Chapel Street.This is a building of pure phenomena. Like the ripples that spread outwards from skipping stones across a creek, Avenue is a series of pillowy curtain walls that radiate out over the surface. This ripple effect helps the building turn the corner, giving it a picturesque planning outcome; the fluid surface reflects and refracts the suns rays. Like a pool of water, Avenue’s surface is cool in the shade, but flares in the warmth of the afternoon sun.

33M Vertical Village, Melbourne, Australia – 29 May 2013
Design: Elenberg Fraser
3M Vertical Village Melbourne
image from architect

Elenberg Fraser’s new residential project, perfectly positioned at the edge of Melbourne’s CBD, creates a vertical village that follows a story of ascendance and transcendance, inspired by the ancient myths of the angel Metatron (or Enoch, or Elijah) and Pandora’s Box.

Tower Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia – 29 May 2013
Design: Elenberg Fraser
Tower Melbourne Australia
image from architect

Right at the top of the hill of the Western end of the CBD, our new residential tower for CEL Australia sits on a corner with pedigree – the great modernists Barry Patten and Hugh Banahan also grace the intersection with their presence and next door is Osborn McCutcheon.

Luna Apartments, St Kilda
Design: Elenberg Fraser
Luna Apartments Melbourne
image from architect

Luna Apartments – 28 May 2013
It has inspired a dedicated fan web-site, generations of fancy-dress costumes and countless YouTube tribute videos, and now a building. That’s right, Luna, Elenberg Fraser’s new four storey residential project on Barkly St, St Kilda, is based on Princess Leia’s infamous ‘dancing girl’ gold bikini, featured in Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

The Infinity Centre, Melbourne
Design: McBride Charles Ryan
The Infinity Centre Melbourne
photo : John Gollings

The Infinity Centre Melbourne – 22 Apr 2013
The idea of infinite learning became the mantra. Radiating out from the library, along the length of the form, are specialist precincts and a variety of learning spaces. Each wing of the building then returns to link up, forming cloisters and the resulting plan of an infinity symbol. Being structured around two protected courtyards has enhanced the learning space’s access to light, ventilation and view.

Federation Square East – Submission Invitation News
Federation Square
image from University of Melbourne
Federation Square East Melbourne – 2 Apr 2013
Search on for Fed Square East development ideas: The Victorian Coalition Government is exploring options to develop one of Melbourne’s missing links – businesses will be invited to submit proposals to cover the rail lines at Federation Square East.

AAMI Park Stadium Bridge
New sports precinct bridge open for Melbourne Derby
Bridge at AAMI Park stadium Melbourne
photo from Victoria Government
AAMI Park Stadium Bridge – 20 Dec 2012
Melbourne Park’s new Edwin Flack Bridge is to open this weekend, just in time for Saturday’s grudge match between Melbourne Heart and Melbourne Victory. Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine said pedestrians will now be able to walk direct from the MCG and Yarra Park to AAMI Park via the fantastic new Edwin Flack Bridge over Olympic Boulevard.

Swanston Academic Building
Lyons
Swanston Academic Building
image : John Gollings

Swanston Academic Building – 26 Nov 2012
This new building, called the Swanston Academic Building, is an idea about building a vertical campus and drawing the diversity of the city deeply in to the design conception. As student space is not available like a green campus, the project proposes a vertical ‘stack’ of informal ‘open’ student spaces, each connected to a central circulation system of escalators and stairs.

Mash House, North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia
Design: Andrew Maynard Architects
Barrow House Melbourne
photo Kevin Hui (C) 2010

Mash House North Fitzroy – 14 Nov 2012
The approach taken for the Mash House is one which, despite first impressions, celebrates the backyard. Or perhaps less so the traditional notion of the backyard, and more so just plain, outdoor space. The original deep and dark, double-fronted Victorian house offered a plethora of challenges; not least of all, it’s lack of solar access.

Dandenong Government Services Offices, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Design: HASSELL
Dandenong GSO
photograph : Peter Bennetts

Dandenong GSO – 5 Oct 2012
The Government Services Offices development is one of the key projects of the Revitalising Central Dandenong initiative, a major urban renewal project being led by Places Victoria and the Victorian State Government. Developed and built by Grocon, the challenge of this landmark development was to create a high standard of urban design and quality workplace in this outer-suburban region, and to assist in the rebirth of the precinct as a major mixed-use activity centre.

Princes Pier Restoration, Port Melbourne
Architect: Lovell Chen
Princes Pier Port Melbourne
photo of the restored project

Princes Pier Port Melbourne – 28 Sep 2012
The restoration of Port Melbourne’s historic Princes Pier was awarded the Outdoor Timber prize for a stand alone structure at the 2012 Australian Timber Design Awards held in Sydney.

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Melbourne Buildings, alphabetical:

A’Beckett Tower
Elenberg Fraser Architects
A'Beckett Tower
image © Elenberg Fraser Architects

A’Beckett Tower Melbourne

ANZ Centre
HASSELL, architects
ANZ Centre
photo : Earl Carter

ANZ Centre

Crown Metropol Hotel
Bates Smart
Crown Metropol Melbourne
image : John Gollings / Shannon McGrath

Crown Metropol Hotel

Flinders St Station Architecture Competition
Shortlisted Architects
Flinders Street Station
photo from Victoria Government
Melbourne Design Competition

Hilton South Wharf
Woods Bagot
Hilton South Wharf Building
photograph : Trevor Mein – meinphoto

Hilton South Wharf

La Trobe Institute, near Melbourne, Australia
Lyons
La Trobe Institute
picture from architects

La Trobe Institute

Letterbox House
McBride Charles Ryan
Letterbox House
image © John Gollings

Letterbox House

Melbourne Park Western Precinct
NH Architecture with Populous
Melbourne Park Building
photo from Victoria Government

Melbourne Park Western Precinct

Myer Bourke Street
NHArchitecture
Myer Bourke Street
image from FD

Myer Bourke Street

Monaco House
McBride Charles Ryan
Monaco House Melbourne
photograph : Trevor Mein

Monaco House Melbourne

Southern Cross Station Expansion
Grimshaw
Southern Cross Station
building photo from Grimshaw Architects

Southern Cross Station Building

Webb Bridge
Denton Corker Marshall / Robert Owen, Sculptor
Webb Bridge
photo : Shannon McGrath

Webb Bridge

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