The site at 443 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe, is a triangular island left over from the intersection of three main roads. The three bounding roads sweep gently around the site to align with the changing orientation of the surrounding street grids.
The triangular island is placed at the very top of a hill – one of the highest points in Melbourne.
The podium has an expression of solidity with higher headlands at the corners, and setback upper levels between. These levels provide areas for planting, continuing the landscaping up into the podium and directly connecting with the ground.
The timber façade around the podium has sweeping curves, further associating this element with the natural surroundings.
The textures and materiality of the podium respond to the human scale, to be appreciated as you walk or drive around the building.
The tower is designed for the city scale; to be appreciated from a distance. It is a lighter element of picturesque composition, a combination of forms that provide a varying silhouette depending on your direction of approach. The tower proudly marks the top of the hill.