Fender Katsalidis was commissioned by Century Group Aus to create a mixed-use precinct at the former World Trade Centre site on Spencer Street.
The triple-tower development is set to reactivate one of Melbourne’s most important gateway sites and contribute to the creation of a new precinct within the CBD.
Across the three towers, the precinct will feature 500 luxury apartments, Melbourne’s first St Regis Hotel with 167 five-star keys, 2,100 square metres of retail and a vibrant pedestrian precinct and plaza on Siddley Street that will contribute to Melbourne’s public art reputation.
The three tower forms will read in the skyline as a family of similar objects, but each having their own unique facade and character expression.
The curvilinear and soft forms of the three towers are a subtle gesture to their riverine setting, but the facade expressions differentiate them as unique components in the skyline.
The podium forms have been expressed as highly textured and landscaped components, above which are the simpler cleaner lines of the tower forms.
The design is inspired by the flow of the nearby Yarra River, and the architecture responds to the site, protecting the riverside from overshadowing through its stepped-back approach.
The Spencer Street façade features an active skin which will add to the sense of vibrancy and activity whilst taking advantage of the existing river views.