Bates Smart Chairman, Roger Poole commented on the facade design: ‘We studied the layering of buildings of varying scale and character as they form the backdrop to Spring Street. We drew inspiration from the existing vertical expression of surrounding buildings. Simple elegant lines can create depth and interest. Verticality, layering and rich detailing are central to our facade concept.’
Fine screens and bay windows on the podium facade will echo the rhythm of the surrounding buildings. The podium will add amenity to the city, the four tiered flexible space becoming a venue for cultural, hospitality and entertainment venues.
The ground plane is open, and the hotel lobby will become an extension of the street. The development will unlock the laneways around the site, and a new laneway will be designed to pay homage to the eclectic Melbourne laneway heritage, whilst creating an inviting, safe and re-energised precinct. The development is ready to proceed upon planning approval.
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