Private developer Killara Quest has proposed a AU$42 million (US$33.7 million) commercial development for the rapidly changing Melbourne suburb of Richmond.
Located at 484-486 Swan Street, the 14-story mixed-use building will be tailored for commercial, office, retail, and food and beverage uses, and house 155 car parking spaces, 240 bicycle spaces, and four terraces located on levels three, four, seven and eight.
The Swan Street proposal was designed by Techne Architecture and Interior Design. Ratio Consultants, Arcadis, and Urbis are also part of the development application team.
“The proposed building design considers its context in its aesthetic and presentation to the Swan Street streetscape,” the application said. “The building’s mass is articulated to segment the form, into proportionate elements, clearly defined through materiality and detail.”
According to Urbis, the site will offer a significant opportunity to provide “sustainable high-density offices by taking advantage of its location adjacent to a major public transport spine.”
“This deliberate planning gesture suggests a sort of ‘transport hub,’ providing access and destination-driven pathways through the site” the application said. “These areas of concentrated circulation are emphasized through lighting, planting, and seating. The upper levels of the proposed building present as sustainably-oriented and technologically-informed façades, by external mitigating devices such as louvers and solar control glazing.”
The podium will use more tactile materials such as timber, steel, and concrete.
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