This scalloped residential development has been influenced by its immediate context and inspired by the silos that once dominated Collingwood’s skyline.
The form of the tower is the negative mould of a silo, concave rather than convex, absorbing the stories and history of its locale. The resident's experience of the balconies which draw upon this form is influenced by their position and the time of day. The sweeping curves push out and pull back, provide shade and frame a view.
At the base of the tower is the original brickwork of a 1920’s art deco style brick warehouse. The existing brick walls are extended upon, thickened to frame new openings, and stretched to encompass the full perimeter of the site. By allowing the context to spark ideas for this project, this post-industrial suburb is re-imagined whilst remaining connected to its history.
- Traditional Custodians of the land Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people
- Client CBUS Property
- Location Collingwood, Melbourne
- Procurement Design and Construct
- Project Duration 2014 – 2019
- Floor Levels 14
- Floor Area 12, 295 sqm
- Site Area 2000 sqm
- Sustainability 6.4 Stars STEPS V5 Report
- Selected Awards
- Commendation for Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing, AIA Victoria 2020
- Housing Building of the Year, World Architecture Festival 2021
- Team John Wardle, Bill Krotiris, Stefan Mee, Luke Jarvis, Alex Peck, Anna Jankovic, AJohn Wardle, Bill Krotiris, Stefan Mee, Luke Jarvis, Alex Peck, Anna Jankovic, Alan Frigerio, Aaron Reddick, Jenna Ong, Sumedha Dayaratne, Brad Mitchell, Barry Hayes, Jeff Arnold
The continuous curved slab and balcony edges sweep around the entire perimeter of the building maintaining a sculptural quality for the residential floors above the 1920’s art deco brick podium.
"...to be able to deliver such a well-detailed, determined building in this context is a significant achievement.”
Jury Citation - Commendation for Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing