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    144 metre Melbourne skyscraper combines façade designed in 1911 with contemporary glass tower

    Nathan Johnson

    Melbourne One, a $120 million new apartment tower by Doig Architecture, will see a 47 storey glass tower rise above a heritage listed red brick façade.

    Melbourne One will climb 144 metres into Melbourne’s CBD skyline and includes 477 apartments, a grand foyer with concierge, a gymnasium and an indoor heated swimming pool.

    The building’s design includes a nine storey podium that incorporates the existing heritage listed façade designed by architect Charles Rice in 1911.

    ^Image: Doig Architecture

    Brookfield Multiplex will develop the building and they admit that the restoration of the heritage building was a complex process.

    The building was used throughout the 60’s by REIDYS, a refrigeration engineering company. Prior to REIDYS the building was used by automotive car part maker Coach Builders Ironmongery in the early 1900s.

    The original building was designed in an exaggerated Romanesque style with Art Nouveau detailing and incorporates traditional wool store columns and a red brick façade. Its brick veneer composition and arched windows contrast with the contemporary additions which are dominated by box shapes and an almost entirely glass façade.

    The new building will host a retail hub with five tenancies available for shops, cafes and the like.  Level nine will see the majority of the revealed resident facilities, including an outdoor area, an indoor swimming pool fully glazed and an indoor gymnasium.

    Construction works have commenced on Melbourne One with completion slated for July, 2016.

    All images: Supplied unless stated.

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