Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
The Melbourne in Brisbane, Australia by Tony Owen Partners
September 5th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Tony Owen Partners
The Melbourne is a 20 storey residential tower located on Brisbane’s Southbank. Melbourne Street occupies an important link between Southbank and the CBD and between the riverfront cultural precinct and the interior of Southbank. It is one of the major gateways to the city.
We envisioned for the Melbourne Street a world class retail destination. Similarly we have located bars and cafes along Fish Lane. This will activate this lane-way as a vibrant dining lane-way along the lines of those in Melbourne and act as a catalyst for more of this development for the area. We envisage a paved shared zone with outdoor dining and external lighting to create a unique and active lane-way experience. These are connected by a through site retail link.
The tower has a unique expression which has been derived from the functionality of the units as well as its location and context. We designed a predominantly glass building that reflected the urban expression of CBD. The tower plan is driven by the desire to maximise the views from the units to the river and CBD. This results in a stepping form which maximises the number of units with access to the North East. For the Melbourne Street façade we were inspired by the rippled patterning which has its roots in the undulating shapes of the exhibition centre.
The ripples undulate across the façade giving a distinctive sculptural expression that is suitable for this prestige site. The podium frontage on Melbourne Street consists of layers of glass and structure to create an iconic faceted 4 storey retail expression. The glass sheets echoes the ripple pattern on the tower façade.
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