Developer SMA Projects is garnering public opinion prior to submitting plans with Stonnington City Council for a residential building that would be the nation's first set above rail lines. Addressed at 24-26 Chapel Street Windsor, 24chapelstreet.com.au has been launched in order to raise awareness of the project that challenges the norm.
24 Chapel Street thinks differently about building now for Melbourne’s future. From the inception of transforming air over a rail precinct into remarkable living spaces and through each stage of engineering and architectural reinvention the unparalleled innovation of this project commands new expectations.SMA Projects
Along with SMA Projects, VicTrack, JCB Architects, SJB Planning, and Aspect Studios all have a hand in the Australian-first design.
Positioned as more than a simple apartment development, the team behind 24 Chapel Street see the project as a pioneering concept and a future design benchmark. At the southern end of Chapel Street, the proposal incorporates various sustainable design features such as vertical landscaping and solar capture technology that has the project seeking a ‘net-zero’ apartment electricity benefit.
Melbourne’s population has increased by more than 1.2 million people since 2001, if we are going to maintain the City’s renowned liveability, halt urban sprawl, and locate residents next to the services demanded in a 21st century city, we need to begin looking at under-utilised assets such as the air space above rail lines to address these needs.
To meet the complex demands of developing a building over an active rail corridor the proposed development considers all aspects of challenging engineering, completely accounted for to deliver an architecturally excellent building with exemplary public transport connectivity, street activation, and the incorporation multiple uses all while celebrating its unique place.Robert Murphy: Development Manager, SMA Projects
This project provides an example of building for the future – delivering best practice standards in all aspects of the project. We’ve launched 24chapelstreet.com.au to highlight each of the proposal’s attributes and provide the public with an opportunity to give feedback. We look forward to receiving any responses the community has about the development.
15 of the tower's 20 levels are dedicated to residential living, encompassing 45 apartments in the slim-form building complete with exoskeleton.
With 24 Chapel Street's site located above rail lines, it means the project faces a range of engineering challenges.
As an Australian first, the development team believes that have met these challenges and see 24 Chapel Street as a stepping stone to future projects that will "unlock the potential for other underutilised airspace sites to be transformed into leading-edge, mixed-use buildings, paving the way for the State to unlock value for Victorian’s in progressive and connected neighbourhoods."
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The wider public now has the opportunity to pass comment on the proposal here.