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Melbourne: The 2nd Most Exciting City in The World (2019)

Melbourne: The 2nd Most Exciting City in The World (2019)

According to this year’s Time Out Index, Melbourne has just been crowned the 2nd most exciting city in the world after New York City.

Melbourne: The 2nd Most Exciting City in The World (2019)
Time Out's most 'exciting cities in the world'

The survey conducted by Tapestry Research interviewed 34,000 people across hundreds of different cities worldwide, with respondents claiming that happiness, creativity, food and live music were the key factors of why they loved Melbourne. Sydney also made the list, taking the 39th place following Moscow, Delhi and Seattle.

Check out some exciting apartments in Melbourne in 2019:

Melbourne: The 2nd Most Exciting City in The World (2019)
435 Bourke Street by Cbus Property

435 BOURKE STREET by Cbus Property

The 55-storey, highly sustainable project will serve as a vertical village for more than 5,500 city workers. Designed by Bates Smart, the $1 billion commercial project will introduce approximately 64,500 square metres of premium grade office space and create a new icon for Melbourne’s skyline on the corner of Queen and Bourke Streets. 435 Bourke Street will be a significant and pioneering project for the city that responds to a future Melbourne workforce, with sustainability, wellness, connection to nature and productivity emphasised in the building’s design and performance which includes multi-vertical villages, outdoor terraces and dedicated wellness hub. Read more here.

Architect: Bates Smart

Melbourne: The 2nd Most Exciting City in The World (2019)
Southbank by Beulah

SOUTHBANK by BEULAH/THE GREEN SPINE

Cox Architecture + UN Studio's Green Spine design has been planned to reach a towering height of 356m and if approval is granted, the tower is set to become Australia's tallest tower by 2020. A six-month global search involving six of the world’s best architectural firms; BIG, Coop Himmelb(l)au, MAD Architects, MVRDV, OMA and UN Studio took place, with Cox Architecture + UN Studio's Green Spine design winning overall. 

Architect: Cox Architecture + UN Studio

Melbourne: The 2nd Most Exciting City in The World (2019)
WOWOWA Architect's plan for Yarra Pool

YARRA POOL (Community project)

Yarra Pools is a community-led proposal which seeks to transform an under-utilised section of the Yarra River's Northbank into a 'swimmable river'. 

“What I like about this [design] is the wetlands, the soft connection with our waterway. It turns an under-loved part of the river into a magnet for people (and wildlife) and celebrates our connection with water!”

- Andrew Kelly, Yarra Riverkeeper

Architect: WOWOWA

Check out the full list of Melbourne's headline acts here.

The extensive range of hotels opening throughout the next few years is also an indication of the growing tourism rates in Melbourne.

Here's a list of new hotels in the pipeline for the next few years:

Melbourne: The 2nd Most Exciting City in The World (2019)
360 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

PARK HOTEL

The Bates Smart designed hotel features 308 hotel rooms and draws on the rhythm of the surrounding streetscape with a predominantly vertical expression.

Melbourne: The 2nd Most Exciting City in The World (2019)
7-23 Spencer Street, Melbourne

ST REGIS

A triple-tower development designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects will house Melbourne's new St Regis hotel, featuring 500 luxury apartments and 167 five-star hotel rooms.

Melbourne: The 2nd Most Exciting City in The World (2019)
3-43 Waterfront Way, Docklands

MARRIOTT

Australia's first Marriott Hotel to be built in 20 years is planned to open its doors in 2020. DKO Architecture has worked with Marriott Group to redefine the traditional "hotel", and instead create a versatile, minimalist space where guests can relax. Gone are the clunky writing desks, large wardrobes and carpet – a fresh new look will feature wooden floors, modern bed frames and furniture and large windows.

Melbourne: The 2nd Most Exciting City in The World (2019)
582-606 Collins Street, Melbourne

MANDARIN ORIENTAL

The delicate filigree exterior and wave-like form are synonymous with Zaha Hadid's iconic style of sculptural opulence. Mandarin Oriental (also known as Mayfair) will be a pivotal feature of the Melbourne cityscape, the completion date is yet to be announced.

Melbourne: The 2nd Most Exciting City in The World (2019)
Shangri-La at Sapphire By The Gardens

SHANGRI LA

The $565 million Sapphire by the Gardens development will see a 5-star Shangri La hotel open by 2021. The hotel will contain 500 state-of-the-art hotel rooms, while the eastern tower will house 300 luxury residential apartments.

Melbourne: The 2nd Most Exciting City in The World (2019)
250 Spencer Street, Melbourne

RITZ CARLTON

The new Ritz Carlton hotel will raise the bar for luxury hotels across Melbourne, claiming the title of the country's tallest hotel building. With a prolific global reputation for its luxury hospitality, Ritz Carlton Melbourne will tower 79 stories on Spencer Street and feature sky restaurants, a sky bar, a pool, a pool bar, a gym, a day spa and a ballroom. 

Melbourne: The 2nd Most Exciting City in The World (2019)
1 Hotel, Seafarers

1 HOTEL

The 1 Hotel brand is part of the award-winning hotel group SH Hotels & Resorts, which maintains an exemplary environmental responsibility and has already gained worldwide recognition since opening its first three hotels in the United States including, Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park in New York, and South Beach in Miami.

Late last year, Time Out also announced that Melbourne’s trendy Fitzroy won the 10th place on their list of '50 Coolest Neighbourhoods in the world'.

Check out these really cool Fitzroy apartments

FITZROY HOUSE by Piccolo

Melbourne: The 2nd Most Exciting City in The World (2019)
Fitzroy House. Credit: Jackson Clements Burrows

Architect: Jackson Clements Burrows

Status: Approved

223 NAPIER STREET, Fitzroy by Milieu

Melbourne: The 2nd Most Exciting City in The World (2019)
223 Napier Street, Fitzroy. Credit: Milieu

Architect: Freadman White

Status: Under construction

108 LEICESTER STREET by FOURSQ

Melbourne: The 2nd Most Exciting City in The World (2019)
108 Leicester Street. Credit: 108 Fitzroy

Architect: BKK Architects

Status: Registration and sales

ONE FIFTY CECIL by AIRWORX

Melbourne: The 2nd Most Exciting City in The World (2019)
ONE FIFTY CECIL. Credit: Airworx

Architect: Rothelowman

Status: Registration and sales

THE SPANISH CLUB by Gurner

Melbourne: The 2nd Most Exciting City in The World (2019)
The Spanish Club. Credit: Gurner

Architect: Warren and Mahoney

Status: Under construction

Header image credit: City of Melbourne

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