East side apartments are the new Melbourne landmark
November 10th, 2009
Becton Property Group’s latest signature development, One East Melbourne designed by Ashton Raggatt McDougall (ARM) aims – in the words of the architects – “to realise the urban potential of the site”, standing at the point where the city meets the city edge.
Comprising 85 apartments and an adjoining six-storey commercial building, the complex includes three levels of office space and car space respectively, and a rooftop garden gazing down the Yarra River and into the inner city.
Designed by FORMium Landscape Architects, the garden is one of the building’s major features, with a texture coloured pattern and geometric linear curves.
One East Melbourne’s urban location is critically placed, perched at the edge of the CBD grid, at 289 Wellington Parade South.
One benefit of this exceptional location is that the building acts as an “urban sphinx, standing at the gateway to the CBD”.
The south-facing tower has a folded, angular profile, resulting in a clear, distinct appearance from afar.
In contrast to this is the curved form of the north-facing tower, comprised of winter gardens.
Director of ARM, Ian McDougall, says: “While the building is a singular structure it has been articulated into its component parts, expressing the functional differences.”
The interior design was undertaken by one of the world’s classiest architects, Claudio Silvestrin, in partnership with Melbourne design firm Carr Design.
The result is clean, uncluttered living spaces with a signature elegance and sense of calm. Complementing this are classic Silvestrin touches such as the ample use of porcelain tile, bluestone, leather and panel walls.
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