Another skyscraper could add to Southbank’s skyline – the 17th proposed in the area according to data from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
There are currently 49 skyscrapers proposed for Melbourne, 17 of which are set to be located at Southbank. The latest project to be announced is one of two towers entitled Platinum located on the corner of Clarke Street and City Road in the heart of the Crown precinct in Melbourne.
Platinum Tower (Tower One) is set to rise 167 metres and house 438 one, two and three bedroom residential apartments, while the second tower is set to reach 147 metres.
The first Platinum tower will be predominately residential but it will sit atop a nine-storey podium featuring an Italian restaurant, additional dining establishments, cafes, parking and concierge facilities.
Designed by Squillace Architecture, the $280 million building is scheduled for occupancy by 2016. The project is the flagship development for the Salvo Property Group, which has commissioned Brookfield Multiplex for the construction.
The crown of the Platinum building will showcase a striking "bronze and indigo colour glass" facade across levels 42 to 52 which is designed to protect the upper level residencies and penthouses.
"Three metallic colour blades extend out of this top frame with coloured glass wrapping the rest of the building," the Platinum website says.
Each apartment will feature balconies and floor to ceiling windows, while the entire top floor will be dedicated to leisure and health, with features that include the highest pool in Melbourne.
The building will be made largely of concrete with a predominantly precast and double glazed high performance facade. The skyscraper will also feature a' vertical garden; a wall of bougainville and star jasmine will cover levels two through eight and will include rainwater harvesting features to support water re-use within the building.
Platinum Tower will be close to Melbourne’s current tallest residential towers, Eureka at 297 metres and Freshwater Place. It joins other proposals, including the controversial Australia 108 Tower which has been scaled back to 318 metres and the nearby super-slim skyscraper at 54 Clarke Street by BKK Architects.
According to the CTBUH, there are currently 31 skyscrapers across the city that are currently under construction and all scheduled to be completed within the next two years.
Earlier this year, Planning Minister Matthew Guy approved five skyscrapers for Melbourne on one 'Super Tuesday.'
"Demand in Melbourne’s high-rise, high-density market is strong with recent surveys showing Melbourne now having more apartments being sold than Surfers Paradise," he said. "The state government is driving new jobs and investment into Melbourne with these ‘Super Tuesday’ permits. More than 2,000 new apartments, $557 million in new construction work and up to 4,000 new construction jobs will all result from this announcement.”
Plan Melbourne, the Victorian Government's metropolitan planning strategy, offers statistics that support a pro-skyscraper attitude. The strategy, which aims to direct the city's growth, predicts the city's population could increase to 7.7 million, necessitating approximately 1.6 million additional dwellings by 2051.
The city is expected to require 480,000 additional apartments, according to Plan Melbourne.