// 180 Albert
South Melbourne, VIC 3205
/ high-rise, multi-residential /
The subject site enjoys three street frontages in a context where there are beautiful and iconic views of Melbourne in every direction. To the North the site enjoys an uninterrupted view of the city skyline, to the east vistas to the Botanical Gardens, to the south there are uninterrupted view to Albert Park Lake and to the West there are ocean views of Port Phillip Bay. This favourable contextual immediacy informed the façade and material composition. We wanted to capitalise on the surrounding views from within all spaces of the apartments by incorporating a floor to ceiling glazed facade. The glass curtain wall appropriates the reflective and ephemeral reflective qualities of a jewel that reflect the varying hues of the sky and green surrounding landscape. This intervention is reinforced by the subtle faceted glass facade geometry that produce alternating reflections as observers view the building from different vantage points. These facets also articulate the building and the perception of bulk is overcome with a vertical voided dissection of the built form to create the appearance of two smaller vertical elements, one of which being one storey taller, instead of one larger mass. The vertical void also pronounces a strong connection to the entry and highlights the sense of address for the building.
Internally the large communal spaces incorporate natural light and ventilation from the western interface and a large 5 storey void will be furnished with art work. An art gallery will also be incorporated at the south eastern ground floor to generate vibrancy and activation.