Fender Katsalidis Architects is set to build Melbourne’s first inner-city residential development located on private park lands.
The project, titled Parque, will be located on a 9,000 square metre site next to Wesley College at 557 St Kilda Road Melbourne and will encompass 332 open-plan apartments and 6,000 square metres of private park lands exclusive to residents.
Parque will be Fender Katsalidis Architects' second local collaboration with Malaysian-based developers SP Setia, while prominent Australian landscape designer Paul Bangay has been commissioned to design the park lands.
“Parque’s entire building has been designed to take advantage of the site’s outlook and proximity to the garden,” said SP Setia Melbourne CEO Choong Kai Wai. “We wanted to provide residents with a beautiful home amongst nature.”
Bangay will incorporate elm trees that date back to the 19th century and layers of greenery that will embrace the Victorian setting and serve as the apartment complex’s boundaries.
The complex will be made up of two glass towers, one 11 floors and one 19 floors that also neighbour an eight floor block whose rooftop will feature a 25-metre infinity pool.
The architects describe the building design as “a sculptural tripartite composition of curving, translucent form” inspired by it’s historic, heritage listed setting.
"Uniquely incorporating a significant area of heritage-protected parkland, 557 St Kilda Road is, to me, the most idyllic address on this quintessential Melbourne boulevard,” said Karl Fender, managing director of Fender Katsalidis Architects. “Our architecture respects and reflects the nature of this inspiring location in every sense.”
The project recognises the importance of parkland preservation in the urban environment while the location is only minutes away from premium dining, entertainment and recreation areas. Parque residents will have a tram stop outside their day and the buildings will be connected to the city’s bike path network.
Panaromic views of Bangay’s gardens will be visible from the ground floor level, which will also have a 24-hour concierge service, lounge areas and a communal fireplace.
Other amenities will include meeting rooms, conference rooms and a club level featuring a gym, massage rooms and a yoga area.
Inside, renowned chef Shannon Bennett of Vue De Monde personally designed the kitchens in each of the apartments including the private dining halls.
Apartments range from one to three bedrooms with construction on Parque expected to begin in the middle of next year and completed in 2016.