Developer SMA Projects is garnering public opinion prior to submitting plans with Stonnington City Council for a residential building that would be the nation's first to be set above rail lines, according to developers. Located at 24-26 Chapel Street Windsor, a PR campaign has been launched in order to raise awareness of the project.
Along with SMA Projects, firms VicTrack, JCB Architects, SJB Planning, and Aspect Studios all have a hand in the Australian-first design.
Positioned as more than a simple apartment development, the team behind 24 Chapel Street sees the project as a pioneering concept and a future design benchmark. At the southern end of Chapel Street, the proposal incorporates various sustainable design features, such as vertical landscaping and solar capture technology, which has the project seeking a net-zero apartment electricity benefit.
Of the tower’s 20 levels, 15 will be dedicated to residential living, encompassing 45 apartments in the slim-form building complete with exoskeleton.
With 24 Chapel Street's site located above rail lines, it means the project faces a range of engineering challenges. The team believes they can meet these challenges, and sees the development as a stepping stone for future projects that will "unlock the potential for other underutilized airspace sites to be transformed into leading-edge, mixed-use buildings, paving the way for the State to unlock value for Victorians in progressive and connected neighborhoods."
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