Republic Tower, the underrated gem

Corner Queen and La Trobe Streets, Melbourne, 3000. 1997-2001 Katsalidis Architects (Nonda Katsalidis).

Rising 122m, The Republic Tower is very prominent on Latrobe Street.

The Republic Tower is a very striking 35 storey brutalist styled skyscraper with the sculptural shape of an armour-clad samurai warrior.

Built from off-form concrete, stainless steel and glass, this building consists of mainly apartments and some retail space. Most of the units were originally sold off as enclosed functional shells to be fitted out as purchasers desired. The building also includes a gymnasium and an impressive 25 metre lap pool with equally impressive views east and west.

The five-storey podium is designed to fit within the streetscape. It includes two street level shops, a café facing La Trobe Street located under a large timber pergola and on Queen Street, rough-cut bluestone blocks lead to an entry into an underground restaurant. Another Katsalidis signature, a large curved billboard acting as an art space on the ground street corner, features a constantly changing display of public art, which is currently sponsored by the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart.

I would consider The Republic Tower an underrated gem in Melbourne’s architectural landscape, Katsalidis at his best!

The stainless steel glistens in the sun.

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Mark Baljak's picture

Love it!

I'll be doing my best to round up all the MONA display pieces for an article

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Rohan Storey's picture

I would rate it very highly ! Always have. One of Katsalidis' best.

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Rohan Storey's picture

Though i see that it didnt ever get an institute award - though his earlier 171 latrobe did.

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