Design

St Kilda foreshore's Stokehouse reborn

Four years after a fire tore through the Stokehouse, the popular venue has reclaimed its prominent location on St Kilda's foreshore. The new design which reimagines the Stokehouse’s exterior, is the result of a collaborative effort between Sydney-based Industrial Design studio TILT, Robert Simeoni Architects and owners, the Van Haandel Group. The building doesn’t try to imitate its predecessor, instead, the design draws on cues taken from the...

KTA lends its design nous to 'The Stables'

Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA) have transformed the former Victoria Police Mounted Branch stables on Southbank into world-class teaching and learning facilities for students of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music following an $18 million make-over. The refurbishment is an exemplar of adaptive re-use and continues KTA's affinity with working with the fabric of heritage structures, since its inception in 1994. The...

DKO Architecture on the changing face of hotel design

Last week alone three new hotels were confirmed for Melbourne, adding to the seemingly unrelenting boom in hotel development which has and will continue to deliver thousands of new rooms/suites citywide. Competition between design practices and developers to attract these new hotel operators is intense, and much along the lines of Melbourne's residential market, the competition and desire to discern one development from another has seen hotel...

DesignBUILD wraps up for another year

Based around the core theme of "It's all in the detail" for 2018, the 32nd annual DesignBUILD expo wrapped up last Friday, with a number of topics being discussed by industry experts over the course of the three day event, which took place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Amongst them, was the Build-to-rent model and the a key role it could play in addressing Australia’s housing crisis. However, there was a general consensus...

Further details of Hayball's design for Carlton Connect emerge

Further details for Hayball's latest student accommodation project, which will form part of the University of Melbourne’s Carlton Connect innovation precinct, have been released. Located on the corner of Swanston and Grattan streets in Carlton, the new precinct will be a completely integrated development providing spaces for industry, research and development, academia, accommodation for postgraduates, a public showcase and community facilities...

An early glimpse of Nightingale Village's first buildings

With residents moving into the recently completed Nightingale designed by Breathe Architecture - who first championed the concept of ethical community-driven projects via the award-winning The Commons - and with Nightingale 's 2, 3 & Nightingale Brunswick East all hot on its heels, the attention now turns to Nightingale Village. Nightingale is based on the principles of the German baugruppen model which provides an alternative approach to...

Southbank by Beulah gains its design jury; should they become commonplace?

The jury for what shapes as Melbourne's largest single phase project has been announced. Southbank by Beulah is likely to see over 220,000 square metres of space split between hotel, residential, commercial, entertainment and technological uses. But before the $2 billion plus project can advance the process of selecting a winning design will play out. Touted as the first major mixed-used design competition of its calibre for Melbourne, Southbank...

Fender Katsalidis appointed for Victoria Square's next phase

Developer Growland has recently appointed Fender Katsalidis (FK) to design phase two of its six-tower, mixed-use residential project, Victoria Square in Footscray. Fender Katsalidis will design a total of four towers for the project across two stages of the Hopkins Street development with the first two towers being delivered as part of stage two sited above the commercial podium. Together, the $88m second stage will add a further 146 apartments...

Jack Merlo sheds light on the landscape design for Hawthorn Park

Jack Merlo, one of Australia’s leading landscape architects has collaborated with RotheLowman on Dahua Group's $300m Hawthorn Park development in Hawthorn East. Jack Merlo has created the central park and a series of garden spaces to soften and complement the built form. Merlo recently spoke to Urban Melbourne about his involvement on the project and the collaborative approach working with Dahua and Rothelowman. Hawthorn Park is set in a verdant...

Princes Gardens upgrade adds to Prahran's Public Realm Project Pipeline

Having now lived in Prahran for the better part of 6 months, I've developed a greater appreciation for the area, in particular the public spaces which I pass on my walk to and from Prahran Station on my way to walk and those I pass on my daily evening runs. One space which has always stood out, because I pass it multiple times a day and is rather unique in terms of the provision of both active and passive recreation areas, is Princes Gardens...

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