A new type of living in the heart of Melbourne’s beloved Market
LIV Munro, Queen Victoria Market
The Queen Victoria Market is a much-loved place with great social, historical, and cultural importance for the city of Melbourne. Part of larger market precinct renewal for the City of Melbourne, the new mixed-use development incorporates retail, public carpark, a hotel and a build-to-rent residential tower.
The development celebrates the vitality and energy of the market itself by creating a sustainable and permeable connection between the market precinct and the city. The design highlights its heritage architecture and fine-grain spaces, providing uninterrupted views across the market and creating a Market Square public park, which replaces the current open-air carpark.
The residential tower establishes a model for high quality inner-city living, placing greater emphasis on wellness and community, while setting a global example for energy efficiency. Its soft form maximises direct solar access and provides natural ventilation to all apartments, while the façade positions the tower within its context by referencing the market’s historic sheds and stalls.
The top level of the tower is dedicated to a lush, shared garden to help foster a strong community and connection to nature. This is further emphasised by a ‘green spine’, which links the terraced landscape of the podium to the green crown at the top through cascading planting which allows residents on any floor leafy views out of the building.