Burj Khalifa, One World Trade Centre architect to design Gurner's latest Melbourne apartment development

Burj Khalifa, One World Trade Centre architect to design Gurner's latest Melbourne apartment development
Joel Robinson March 14, 2024PLANNING ALERT

Multi-billion-dollar developer GURNERTM has submitted plans for its 4,651 sqm trophy site at 424-426 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, with a vision to deliver a high-end residential and mixed-use address befitting of the prestigious location.

The developer has submitted plans for around 200 apartments over 19 levels, with a focus on large two, three, four bedroom and two double-storey penthouse offerings, alongside a signature amenity offering.

After a detailed international design competition, GURNERTM appointed the Chicago-based, international architecture firm SOM, in what is the developer’s first collaboration with the architecture firm.

SOM (formerly Skidmore, Ownings, and Merrill LLP) was founded in 1936 with some of its most notable projects including the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the One World Trade Centre in New York.

The design of 424 St Kilda Road has taken design cues from the rich history of St Kilda Road’s old world mansions through its masonry façade, and will focus on high-end residences with a secret Porte Cochere arrival experience and lobby underground.

Adding value to the regeneration of the St Kilda Road precinct, 424 St Kilda Road will also include a ground floor retail and food and beverage, as well as an extensive wellness offering.

The corner site – which boasts three frontages on the corner of St Kilda Road, Toorak Road and Queens Lane – will offer uninterrupted views over the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain precinct and Albert Park Lake.

Once complete, the project will boast walkability to Anzac Station, Albert Park Lake, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Fawkner Park, and be in easy proximity to South Yarra’s retail and dining precinct.

Tim GURNER said they are looking forward to shaping such an important corner of Melbourne’s history.

"This site was once the famous Illoura House, which was sadly was demolished many years ago. We will be bringing the corner back to life with an incredible design by SOM that we wanted to be classic, calm and quietly proud to sit in its location, ensuring that it stands the test of time.

“We will be taking the high-end offering to a whole new level after the successful delivery of Saint Moritz which has set tone for our concept at 424 St Kilda Road.”

GURNER's Chief Development Officer Rob Clarke said due to the sites prominent corner position, the building requires a certain elegance in its design and reimagining of its use to unlock not only its value as a significant residential asset, but a design monument in its own right.

“Our vision is to create a series of wellness-led residences that can be amalgamated, customised and completely imagined from the inside out, in line with our clients’ exacting tastes, to create a series of bespoke homes for our discerning clientele."

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is the Editor in Chief at Urban.com.au, managing Urban's editorial team and creating the largest news cycle for the off the plan property market in the country. Joel has been writing about residential real estate for nearly a decade, following a degree in Business Management with a major in Journalism at Leeds Beckett University in England. He specializes in off the plan apartments, and has a particular interest in the development application process for new projects.

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