Photographer: John Gollings

Travancore is a three dimensional complex of multiple uses on a site which was left over from the intercessions of infrastructure: tramways, roads and toll roads. That land has been transformed into a place in which people live, work and recreate, and which interleaves and connects with its surrounds, creating further opportunities for exploring this locale.

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Melbourne, Australia


Bensons Property Group


$400 million



Traditional Custodians

Wurundjeri people

Photographer: John Gollings

From a moribund industrial site has risen this place that enlivens and makes safer its locale. Travancore has capitalized on the opportunity to create a denser mixed-use environment on the edge of the city and, in doing so, has created a village of intermeshed buildings fitting comfortably into their context. Lower townhouses face the nearby residential neighbourhood over a small park; medium rise apartment with ground floor retail create an excellent urban scale to Mount Alexander Road; the freeway face of the complex compliments the sculpturally idiosyncratic Melbourne Gateway, and the tower element expresses the gateway location while being located well away from existing buildings.

Photographer: John Gollings

Travancore has not only converted this underused site into a palpable presence, it has done so in a manner that has understood, and then in turn enriched, what its neighbourhood was, is, and could be.

Photographer: John Gollings
Photographer: John Gollings

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