Building ProfileName : Melbourne Central
LocationAddress: 211 LaTrobe Street
Melbourne Central is a landmark
Construction DetailsBuilt: 1988 - 1991
Original use: Office
Current use: Office
(to roof) : 211
(to pinnacle) : 246
number of floors : 54
Built in the Eighties period in the Modern style
The office tower follows the concept of skyscraper design as a "Crystal Cut" volume. Within the smooth shape, the facades are a composition of heterogeneous materials, such as stone, aluminum panel, reflective glass and tinted glass. At the top of the tower, high-technology communication equipment is visible. The lower part of the building is more traditional in design. The facade represents a transition, from the solid city building at the base, which slowly evaporates towards the sky. The basic concept of Melbourne Central consists of the four following targets: The Symbiosis of History and the Present The existing shot tower located on the redevelopment site is not necessarily important from the architectural point of view. It is, however, an important landmark with which the citizens of Melbourne are familiar. This historical testimony is enclosed in the conic glass atrium. It is important to preserve historical buildings while making the most of them in the present town. The Crystal Cut Office Tower The form of the high-rise crystal cut office tower has the same concept with the Central Plaza in Brisbane which I have designed. The mullion pattern on the facade is introduced to avoid the uniformity. Abstraction or Pure Geometry One of the methods to create multivalent and ambivalent architecture is to quote fragments of historical symbols. The other method is to quote abstract forms which are the achievements of modern architecture and modern art. Abstraction can be freely interpreted, to produce multivalent meaning. In this project, various abstract forms are quoted, such as rectangle, cone, inverted-cone (concave conically-shaped cut-out in the facade), and sphere (dome). The Symbiosis of Various Functions The contemporary city has lost vitality which was produced by overlaying and compounding various functions. Melbourne Central is aiming at the complex which vitalizes a city. Site area: 26,067.00m² Total floor area: 263,435.00m² * The Tower Total floor area: 106,131.00m² Steel Structure + Reinfored concrete 4 basements + 53 stories * Shopping Center (Atrium annex) Total floor area: 92,096.00m² Steel Structure (Atrium) + Reinfored concrete 4 basements + 6 stories + 2 penthouses * Shopping Center (Lonsdale annex) Total floor area: 45,208.00m² Steel Structure (Pedestrian bridge) + Reinfored concrete 4 basements + 3 stories + 2 penthouses
Constructed by Grollo builders, the site design incorporated the preservation of the historic shot tower.
Podium level and shopping centre was redesigned in 2007 to the design of Ashton Raggat McDougall.Architect: Kisho Kurokawa, Bates, Smart & McCutcheon, Hassel Pty. Ltd
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