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Collins House, Melbourne

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Collins House
466 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

With the limitations of a 480sqm footprint – roughly the size of a netball court – and a heritage frontage, Collins House required some inventive thinking. Australia’s slimmest tower, and fourth in the world by aspect ratio, is an elegant residential building which demonstrates how small sites can be viable.

The site included a three-storey 1908 Art Nouveau building. The tower is sensitively setback from the heritage façade, reinstating the decorative grandeur of the original features and creating a landmark building, both at street level and on the skyline.

Innovative thinking was applied across all aspects of the project. The design uses a self-supporting ‘H-frame’ wall solution, which moves the structural core to the perimeter and enables floorplates to be column free. This let the height and slenderness of the tower to be maximised.

Air rights purchased from the adjacent property, allows the building to cantilever 4.5-metres, creating unobstructed views.
A prefabricated system was also developed, in conjunction with 4D Workshop and Hickory, and 472 prefabricated modules were craned into place.

Overall, the project incorporates 259 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and impressive amenities including Collins Terrace and St James Club, in addition to a barbecue, media room, sports bar, private dining spaces, kitchen, and gymnasium.

Client
Golden Age Group

Area
31,800 sqm, 59 storeys, 259 apartments

Completion
2019

Awards


Collins House
Slender tower rises

Collins House, Essay by Kristen Whittle
Seamlessly stitched into the historic fabric of Melbourne

MelBIM, Melbourne
12 November 2015

In the press
Australian Financial Review

Collins House, Melbourne
One of the world's most slender residential towers to rise in Melbourne's business district