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Another by Bronte - with most other mooted towers. Large one in foreground is based on speculation - SAMA (the Dubai developer) owns the site.

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Hmm, it looks more fat in the new renderings-- I think I prefer the "old" one. That been said, it's still a very intriguing design, so I have to like it.
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Expect the height to go higher than 300M - 90 floors x 3 m = 270, the light beacon might just push that barrier.

Regardless - Melbourne 2nd 90+ floor tower about to get underway.
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Great !
I'll be watching that project.
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Stunning vistas from that indeed! Fingers crossed.
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http://www.theage.com.au/business/gr...824-13qhv.html

Grocon CUB projects ready for buyers
Philip Hopkins
August 25, 2010

THE two latest projects in Grocon's $1 billion-plus development at the Carlton Brewery site on the northern edge of the central business district are about to hit the market.

The apartment blocks - by ARM and Minifie Nixon - and the Denton Corker Marshall project are now being offered to prospective buyers. The three projects total more than 1500 apartments, with DCM's 90-storey, 280-metre tower the largest with 800 apartments.

Grocon spokeswoman Jane Wilson said the apartments were aimed at all parts of the market. ''Students - with Melbourne University and RMIT nearby - are an obvious target, but we are also interested in the high end.''

The apartments are about 40 square metres and 80 sq m for respectively the one- and two-bedroom units, with prices starting from $290,000.

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now accepting registrations for pre-sales: http://carltonbrewery.com.au/

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more info slowly seeping through



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no-one really knows what to make of the latest info on Ozscrapers.
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more details of the other 4 towers on site are coming to light:

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/ne...914-15axh.html

New face of Melbourne rises 32 storeys
Simon Johanson and Jason Dowling
September 15, 2010

IT'S likely to become Melbourne's most significant or most controversial building.

A 32-storey apartment block at the Carlton end of Swanston Street will feature - in an architectural world first - the image of indigenous leader William Barak across its 100-metre-high, sculpted facade.

When complete in 2014, Barak's image on the Portrait building, on the former Carlton & United Brewery site, will be in direct line of site of the Shrine of Remembrance, nearly three kilometres away.

''There have been some concepts in the past for an image to be put on a building but no one has been brave enough to do it,'' said Daniel Grollo, chief executive of the project's builder, Grocon.

''The Shrine is about honouring a great set of Australians who made a sacrifice to Australia, and this is also honouring a great set of Australians who made a sacrifice for Australia.''

The image of the tribal chief's face, sculpted in light and shade using the building's white concrete balconies, will be best seen from a vantage point on Swanston Street, near Lonsdale Street.

Grocon's Carlton Brewery manager David Waldren said: ''That technique and that idea has not been delivered anywhere in the world before to the best of our knowledge. It is a world first.''

Mr Grollo said: ''It's not meant to be that from every angle you will get the perfect image of it; it's that you will get the perfect image in glimpses.''

William Barak was an elder of Melbourne's Wurundjeri tribe and was instrumental in bridging the gulf between black and white cultures.

The Portrait was designed by architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall and will need planning approval to be completed.

Mr Grollo, who sees the building as an important social statement, said Wurundjeri elders and the Shrine trustees had given their blessing to the $350 million project.

''I suspect people will read a lot of things into this, but it's a gesture of the nation before 1901,'' he said. ''I will be very interested in the discussion Melbourne has about it.''

Wurundjeri elder and Barak descendant Doreen Garvey-Wandin said it was time her great-great-grandfather was recognised in Wurundjeri territory. ''We're quite privileged to have his facial features looking over Melbourne, keeping an eye on us.''

Melbourne University architecture professor Philip Goad backed the proposal. ''It is in a way quite haunting, that fact that the surface of the building is white rather than black,'' he said.

''It could be Melbourne's equivalent of Mount Rushmore.''

But historian Geoffrey Blainey was cool on the design. ''[I] wonder about the wisdom of using the facades of skyscrapers as historical, political, or commercial advertisement - no matter whose face or logo is on them,'' Dr Blainey said.

Five buildings are planned for the former brewery site, including the Pixel office and the 90-storey DCM apartment complex.

''As you see the rest of this site unravel over time, the architecture may not make as big a social statement … but it's just as interesting,'' Mr Grollo said.





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Sounds neat! Will be interesting to see when done, also during construction.
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This is a new take on the Aqua-style balconies!
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the same firm - Ashton Raggatt Mcdougall (ARM - http://www.a-r-m.com.au/) first proposed it for an apartment block in Darling Harbour (Sydney):



Based on a famous Max Dupain photograph:



didn't go ahead as planned, became the new Macquarie Bank headquarters.
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looks like Grocon are selling the rights to develop Tower 4 (280m tower) with full planning permission and are instead themselves going ahead with Portrait first:

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In striving to create sustainable communities, Grocon has helped shape Melbourne's identity by creating some of its most iconic buildings. Grocon is proud of its history -- the Carlton Brewery is an iconic site that provides Grocon with an opportunity to once again add another dimension to Melbourne's ever changing urban landscape. In the centre of the site stands proud a landmark building, designed by one of Australia's leading architectural firms, Ashton Raggatt McDougall (ARM).

Portrait is a symbol of Victoria's indigenous heritage, a homage to the first Australians. The building's façades have two distinct sides, and two distinct stories. On one side of the building the façade treatment shows a fluid geology of cosmic lines that is as much about art as it is architecture. The looping tubular forms provide a new structural palette for residential buildings on a global scale.

On the other side is the visage of William Barak (Beruk) the last traditional ngurungaeta (elder) of the Wurundjeri-willam Clan. Transposed on to the building Barak represents the deep history and presence of Aboriginal nations in this land. The cultural resonance of William Barak gazing down the civic axis of Melbourne towards the post federation Shrine of Remembrance, stands to unite the city's modern heritage with its ancient history.
In striving to create sustainable communities, Grocon has helped shape Melbourne's identity by creating some of its most iconic buildings. Grocon is proud of its history -- the Carlton Brewery is an iconic site that provides Grocon with an opportunity to once again add another dimension to Melbourne's ever changing urban landscape. In the centre of the site stands proud a landmark building, designed by one of Australia's leading architectural firms, Ashton Raggatt McDougall (ARM).

Portrait is a symbol of Victoria's indigenous heritage, a homage to the first Australians. The building's façades have two distinct sides, and two distinct stories. On one side of the building the façade treatment shows a fluid geology of cosmic lines that is as much about art as it is architecture. The looping tubular forms provide a new structural palette for residential buildings on a global scale.

On the other side is the visage of William Barak (Beruk) the last traditional ngurungaeta (elder) of the Wurundjeri-willam Clan. Transposed on to the building Barak represents the deep history and presence of Aboriginal nations in this land. The cultural resonance of William Barak gazing down the civic axis of Melbourne towards the post federation Shrine of Remembrance, stands to unite the city's modern heritage with its ancient history.
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site is up for the sale of the Tower 4 - now known by its street address: 170 Victoria St

http://www.170victoriastreet.com.au/
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i wonder how big the floor space for each floor will be at the top section of the higest tower.

very intresting project tho looks like a big skyscraper cluster.
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i think the idea of the baclonies forming that image is really cool....beats a normal facade. is this area in downtown up and coming? it looks like this complex could use some other tall bldgs around it to help blend it in to the rest of downtown
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right on!! good to hear Australia is stepping up, i just hope new zealand can start pulling something off like Australia is, great job, would love to see more pics too
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Not much new info about the highrise for a year - but it's still in the CUB masterplan. Now they're planning a 10-storey fully timber building:

http://www.australiandesignreview.co...rtment-project
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/wo...227-1ba1p.html

Render also includes the tower


The second stage, which includes the tower, is not to start until 2015 (source: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arch...-1225865706334)
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Nice towers! Like to see te developers nix the 4th and 5th buildings and add some height to the other three high- rises. Hope it hits 300 meters! Any large office buildings going up?

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