185 Rosslyn Street West Melbourne is a prime 9,200sqm site which has been earmarked as a benchmark for development in the area, although which is currently offered for sale as a development site with the associated planning application attached. Currently before the State Government, the Australia Post-owned site has the potential to support a development which can revitalise the immediate precinct and provide key improvements to the public realm.
Designed by Rothelowman, the island site currently a two-three storey warehouse and at-grade car park, located within 400m of the CBD. With delivery expected over three stages, the development will ultimately comprise five buildings accommodating 501 residential units, 1,205sqm of retail space and 396 car parking spaces.
In addition to a northern public forecourt, north-south block access is included providing connectivity to a range of retail/commercial spaces within the site and beyond.
185 Rosslyn St is a community focused campus style residential development located within West Melbourne, at the edge of Melbourne’s CBD.
Our proposal for Rosslyn St consists of several buildings designed to open up a previously closed off inner urban block, and provides a variety of public spaces in additional to retail and commercial tenancies. The urban design strategy of our development has centred on the creation of a significant public piazza along Rosslyn Street which connects through to Dudley Street via a pedestrian link.
The apartment buildings follow a site-wide courtyard typology which allows for a large central space to be developed into communal facilities for the use of all residents. The taller built form has been transferred to the south west corner where it relates to the density of the Docklands and eGate precinct, with the building mass then gradually stepping down towards the heritage building to the south east corner of the site.
The various façade treatments seek to provide articulation and screening to the project, visibly, environmentally and acoustically.
A palette of high quality materials provides varied texture and subtle distinction in the expression of the main elevations and importantly focuses on controlling solar gain to aid in the sustainability of the development as a whole.Rothelowman
Rothelowman have favoured a courtyard - an almost 'donut' shaped arrangement - in their planning for the buildings onsite, after investigating and dismissing a more linear arrangement. Not only does this increase the overall apartment yield, but also results in greater separation between building forms while, improved amenity and views to all apartments with less south facing apartments.
Additionally this allows for greater flexibility in staging, while reducing the amount of overlooking from building to building and to neighbouring properties.
Located within the evolving West Melbourne which is in part slated for urban renewal, 185 Rosslyn Street presents as a key nexus to E-Gate, Docklands, Melbourne's CBD and North Melbourne. The proposed development sits comfortably within its future context that is generally of a similar nature in height and scale, with the exception of 420 Spencer Street which at 131 metres will tower over all others in the area.
The taller massing is generally located to the south to allow for solar access to the common courtyard and a high degree of amenity to apartments. The 18-storey tower is located to the south-west to form the transition in height between West Melbourne and E-Gate.
Surrounding town planning approvals for residential development are highlighted above which includes 420 Spencer Street and the neighbouring 13 level Duo Apartments which is currently under construction.