On a monthly basis a Urban Melbourne will publish our Top 5 picks of buildings Under Construction, Proposed. To start us off, we are publishing our Top 5 projects which are currently under construction in our city for June, and counting down from number 5, here they are!
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5. Tip Top, East Brunswick
Why do we like it? Lygon Street in East Brunswick has been identified by Urban Melbourne as an urban development hotspot. The Tip Top project, currently under construction on the former Tip Top bakery factory site will add a significant amount of new residents to Lygon Street. With very high frequency tram routes into and out of the city and multiple cross-town bus routes, Tip Top will have some of the best public transport access outside the inner city. A strong restaurant and cafe scene, bars such as Eydies, Atticus Finch and The Alehouse Project (Northsiders don't have to travel to the Southside for good beer anymore!) - Tip Top is going to have access to all of it, most of which within a 100m walk.
4. Swanston Square, Carlton
Why do we like it? Swanston Square is being built on arguably one of the most important redevelopment sites in Melbourne. Located at the former CUB brewery site on the corner of Swanston Street & Victoria Parade peering directly down Swanston Street to the Shrine of Remembrance, the developers and architects were entrusted to create an iconic building. Once complete, Swanston Square will boast a distinctive facade depicting the face of the aboriginal elder from the Wurundjeri tribe, William Barak. The stretch of Swanston Street between La Trobe and Victoria Streets is no stranger to bold architectural statements and Swanston Square will enrich the precinct even more.
Why do we like it? Besides the fact it will stand 254 metres once completed and that it is the tallest tower under construction in Australia at present, PRima Pearl apartments are being constructed in an area of Southbank which will soon boast even more 200m+ towers. Even at an early stage of construction, the quality of the glass and the form of this building will ensure that it will really stand out amongst the crowd in years to come.
2. The Commons, Brunswick
Why do we like it? In terms of sustainable living in Melbourne or anywhere in the world for that matter, this building certainly pushes the boundaries, and we love it! The Commons sits in a current hot bed of development and is being developed by Small Giants who have incorporated the expertise of Breathe Architects to produce a building with an incredible 8 star energy rating! Great effort!
1. The Quays, Docklands
Why do we like it? Well.... what's not to like about The Quays. The developer, MAB Corporation and architects McBride Charles Ryan started with a tricky site to work with, but they have managed to deliver an astonishing pair of towers and podium that complement the site effortlessly for today and into the future. The flowing podium & tower form builds on the Conder's curves and provides a nice contrast with the existing block-centric towers of the original NewQuay towers to the West. We will never get sick of MCR's use of purple! Our Number 1.
What do you think of our Top 5? Did we get it right, or are we horribly wrong? Tell us what your Top 5 residential projects under construction are at the moment by using our Project Database as a reference.