Aspial-World Class Land plans taller tower in Melbourne, Australia

26 August 2014 (Last Updated August 26th, 2014 18:30)

Aspial-World Class Land is seeking approval for the revamped design of the proposed tower to be built at 54-64 A'Beckett Street in Melbourne.

Aspial-World Class Land is seeking approval for the revamped design of the proposed tower to be built at 54-64 A'Beckett Street in Melbourne.

The revamped design is for an increase in the size of the building to 81 levels with 750 apartments, whereas the previously approved plan was for a 50-level residential tower with 502 apartments.

The new design also proposes using the first three floors of the building for commercial purposes.

Designed by Elenberg Fraser, the pinkish-red residential tower will be built on an area of 1,280m² and will feature a diagrid facade that reduces as it nears ground level.

"The super surface treatment resembles a weave-like pattern that wraps the mass, compressing as it reaches the ground and being extruded as it stretches towards the end of the building."

Fraser was quoted by Urban Melbourne as saying: "The design proposal uses a treatment that expresses the structural characteristics of the building.

"This treatment has been applied as a surface treatment and then modulated to wrap around the entire building, creating a super surface.

"The super surface treatment resembles a weave-like pattern that wraps the mass, compressing as it reaches the ground and being extruded as it stretches towards the end of the building. The treatment is made up of a network of white aluminium fins."

The building will house 300 single-bedroom apartments ranging in sizes of 40m² to 50m² and 450 two-bedroom apartments between 50m² and 60m².

In addition, it will have space for parking 128 cars and 370 bicycles from level two to eight, around 90m² retail space, 1,862m² of communal space, a gym, group fitness studio, lap pool and associated recreation area and outdoor balcony / urban landscaped terrace.

The tower will also provide an entertaining space at level 80, featuring two dining rooms and catering kitchens, a large outdoor communal garden terrace, viewing room, poker / games room, lounge and entertainment room, informal dining and BBQ area.