I think Nick mentioned somewhere recently that this was now approved and at pre-launch sales. Figured it would be time to make a thread.
Oh dear.....I'm already scared
Here we go...
CE don't really try hard to create anything of architectural worth imo. I can see this building being torn down in thirty years.
I'm afraid we are stuck with these buildings for a very long time.
One has to purchase each individual strata titled apartment to own the building to be able to demolish it and then find a way to make a profit after building something else on the site as well.
Good luck to anyone who takes that on.
All their names are the same, this one is being marketed as "Southbank Central".
What the hell is this
must have nuked the surrounding towers out of shot...
I only count 45 levels...
I have 48 there
LOL 3 levels must be hidden under all your negativity.
I think it is OK, no work of art, but it is very glassy and better than many other CE towers.
It looks okay but you can tell its finishing will be very cheap
Construction tender open
up and running
Was just looking at the original design Central Equity proposed for this site, think the final version looks much better.
I'm a bit confused as to why they kept the facade on this one.
Err... because it has a Heritage Overlay on it and demolishing it would be, like ... illegal.
See that picture above? See that contiguous herirtage streetscape of the nature Southbank is screaming for?
Any more dots need drawing ?
You dont have to be such a prick about it.
Thank you for answering my question, Adam. I'm sure you thought out a clear, concise and polite response....then deleted it for this trash.
The tone frustration is entirely understandable. The fact that many posters on this site have consistently failed to recognise the self-evident crisis in heritage protection in Melbourne over the past 5 years contributes to the atmosphere of desperation around this issue. The reason that the heritage defenders are out and passionate about their work right now has nothing to do with being anti-development, and everything to do with protecting what heritage amenity we have left in this city for the hundreds of thousands of additional new residents that will call it home in the next decade. Here we have a classic early 20th century warehouse facade in an area that was once dominated by classic industrial buildings - a suburb that now has just a few key examples remaining. Southbank is notoriously soulless and the council is in a panic to redress the damage already done. It is entirely obvious why this building (not just the facade) should have been kept - retaining the facade is better than nothing, but it won't assist the residents of Southbank in terms of the kind of character interiors needed at street level that places like Brunswick, Fitzroy, Collingwood, Prahran and Richmond have in spades. It will provide an interesting element in the streets cape and some modicum of connectedness with the district's past, though.
I think Adam was just being a jerk because he could.
I have never sought to downplay heritage, Bilby. I may not spend the majority of my posts harping on about x and z loss but I think heritage has always been important. It's clear you care a lot and I respect that.
This baffling trend of facadism is a freaking insult to Melbourne it's just allowing developers to get away with the bare-minimum in terms of design. You are 100% correct when you both say SB is soulless, it is a train wreck in terms of what builders like CE have done to it.
I'm not here to dispute the importance of heritage or good design because they both should be a given imo. Like I said, Adam was just being a jerk.