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    Bella Apartments by Urban Design Architects latest apartment instalment for Melbourne’s Southbank

    Nathan Johnson

    A 33-storey apartment building by Melbourne’s Urban Design Architects (UDA) is the newest addition to Melbourne’s Southbank and will see 221 new apartments for the precinct’s burgeoning population.

    Beginning at the podium of ‘Bella Apartments’, UDA have called on three dimensional folded metal panels hung in a suspended rectilinear horizontal bar grid to dress the façade and allow light to penetrate the podium’s carpark.

    Bella then rises from a setback for 30 additional storeys and comprises precast concrete and spandrel glass that has contrasting hues of clear, grey and aquamarine.  

    The 221 apartments wrap around a single concrete lift and core structure with post tensioned slabs that are constructed on a CFA piled foundation system.

    Brookfield Multiplex, the project's contractor, say the building’s slab to slab windows will be comprised of energy efficient glazing units, and that the glass balustrades will also be energy efficient.

    Residential facilities include a gym and there will be three levels of car parking that will contain a car lift and bike storage.

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