Before and After
The City of Melbourne's Future Melbourne (Planning Committee) has resolved to provide conditional approval to Questo, a 48-story tower at 56-62 Clarendon Street. The site’s current occupier, Europcar, will be replaced by a 161-meter tower accommodating 208 apartments and 128 serviced apartments atop a six-story podium.
The Fender Katsalidis Architects-designed tower, which has a plot ratio of 22.6:1, is characterized by its slim glazed build with a recessed golden ribbon element dissecting the form into a series of irregularly-shaped stacks. The building culminates in a blade roof feature punctured by a series of large openings.
The site previously had approval for a silver Elenberg Fraser-designed tower from 2013, but it lapsed in May of this year.
One of the major changes to the design has been the relocation of the lift and services core from the more prominent northern elevation to the southern wall, which will now sit opposite another development site.
Additionally, the podium is incorporating further visual elements into its design, such as a V-shaped support structure and a textured treatment of off-form ribbed concrete upstands for balconies.
Greater permeability has also been provided, with additional portholes along the northeastern corner and activation at the ground floor.
The proposed development, should it receive Ministerial approval, would join a number of other towers either under construction or mooted for this stretch of Clarendon Street, such as BPM's Shadow Play and Pepper's Southbank, designed by Elenberg Fraser and Bruce Henderson Architects respectively.
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