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PostPosted: 11 Oct 2012, 06:26 
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Personally I can't see the issue here. Sure its tall and its not outstanding architecture, but its no different from many other towers going up in the CBD. And it looks glassy which is a lot better than the balcony city towers that litter most parts of the city these days.

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October 10, 2012


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Architect Callum Fraser explains his vision for Tower Melbourne, which would be the tallest residential building in Melbourne. Vision courtesy Tower Melbourne

MELBOURNE'S skyline is set for a dramatic redrawing with the Baillieu government poised to approve a soaring 71-level residential tower that would dwarf almost every other building in the city.

Tower Melbourne's Singapore-based developers believe the ''super high-rise'' will be a city-defining project and an iconic landmark. But the building, which will sit atop the hill at the south-east corner of Queen and Bourke streets, also has strident critics, with one senior Melbourne councillor labelling it a ''blight''.

The tower would stand 220 metres, making it the tallest residential building in the central business district. Eureka Tower, on Southbank, is 297 metres or 92 storeys.

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I think some of the challenges from council and Doyle are because most candidates for the City of Melbourne want to challenge the planning minister's sole authority to approve developments over 25000 sqm, most candidates with fleshed out policies have said something about it, so maybe this was a chance to make some noise.

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I'm curious to see how this and Abode sit in the skyline together.


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Main problem is not the style or the hight, but the lack of any podium / tower setback, from street and side boundaries - this was once a more or less mandated in the 1980s at 10m, but not always applied outside of Collins Street, or with a lesser setback. Since the Kennet-inspired planning changes of 1999, these this is now a guide rather than a mandate, along with dumping plot-ratio controls almost completely, and various Ministers, or at least the Minister's departmental planners, have through the 2000s been ignoring them more and more to the point that some towers now have no setback at all, but might have a different treatment to a lower portion. They have also been responsible for more and more towers, as the apartment boom leads to bigger and bigger ones, with so many well over the out-of-date 25,000 sqm rule. The MCC can only watch and complain, but Minister's decisions cant be taken to VCAT, except by Council, but under John So they never did, neither under Mr. Doyle. Its only now that these towers have moved south from the north fringe into Bourke Street that Council appears to have taken an interest in their own rules being so soundly ignored.

So you may think, what so good about a podium and setback ? Well the pluses are lower scale pedestrian environment, a 'street wall' that is a similar height to any heritage buildings around (especially important in central city), avoiding the 'canyon effect' (continuous walls of buildings straight up from the pavement), breaking up the huge downdrafts that the north side of any tall building will generate.

Setbacks from other sides used to be controlled in effect by plot ratio, but without that, any block can be built straight up, right next to another tall thing. Without mandated side and rear setbacks, the next tower simply blocks out the light from whatever was built on the boundary (Wills Street residents saved by VCAT, but it should never have got a permit in the first place). Also, without mandated gaps between buildings, the canyon effect again comes up, and on Melbourne's main east-west streets, this means no sunlight except for mid-summer - not good enough for the world's most livable city !


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Advisory height limits certainly puzzle me. Well, not really. They have been applied where there was a height limit and a developer wanted to breach the height limit Perhaps they use the words like 'increasing inner city density' to get a victory at VCAT. For mine, a height limit is just that.

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PostPosted: 19 Dec 2012, 16:20 
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Planning Minister Matthew Guy has approved the 71 storey residential tower, Tower Melbourne, designed by Architect Elenberg Fraser, to be built by CEL Australia by 2016 and will contain 581 apartments.

The tower will be on the corner of Bourke Street and Queen Street and will probably have the address of 150 Queen Street Melbourne.

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