Victoria Square is an Urban Renewal project that celebrates Foostray’s multicultural heritage buy creating a new a social, economic and residential hub on the city fringe with a focus on place making. The project will create a new place for Footscray with a new paradigm for urban living that incorporates all the lifestyle, entertainment and wellbeing amenities for a contemporary city. The fluid curvilinear geometries of the towers are a reflection of the movement from the surrounding bay and river context. Floor plates rhythmically shift around the building creating a sense of movement for the observers and offer a new reading of the tower as they traverses around the precinct.
Spectrum Apartments is situated on a site with three frontages. It was critical that the architecture address and activate all three frontages but also be of a single architectural language.
The project is expressed as strips of building mass to exemplify the diverse cultural context of Box Hill. The “strips” geometrically alternate over the floor plates to create highly articulated façades. The terminations of the “Strips” are expressed with brightly coloured fascia around the balconies, adding a vibrant presence to the public realm.
To increase the public amenity of the occupants of the apartment, the internal circulation areas are open to the sky, acting as a “lung” to the development. This “lung” would provide for additional daylighting and natural ventilation while allowing for vegetation to populate the open atrium.