Developer Pirovich is planning a unique nine-level commercial building on Johnston and Nicholson Streets in Abbotsford, a suburb of Melbourne.

Designed by Fieldwork Projects along Passive House principles, the new $20-million development located at 329 Johnston Street will feature cross laminated timber (CLT) construction, and will come complete with hanging greenery and a distinctive central staircase. The building will also hold secondary frontages to 236 Nicholson Street and 37 Hunter Street.

Thanks to the CLT construction, the wall, floor and roof segments will be fabricated offsite, providing a carbon-neutral construction method, allowing for more economical foundations and shorter construction timeframes, and facilitating immediate access for follow-on trades.

Pirovich says they are proposing a beautiful and sustainable new building at 329 Johnston Street Abbotsford, consisting of retail spaces, offices, medical suites and a hotel. The building structure will be cross laminated timber, wrapped in a stunning expanded mesh.

The building will have a retail mix of caf├ęs, a convenience store and shops across the ground floor, with medical suites and offices on levels one and two. The rest of the floors will feature 41 serviced apartments in various configurations. Measuring 30.1m above ground at its highest point, the project will be one of Johnston Street's tallest.

Additionally, the basement will provide 157 car parking spaces across three levels and the ground level will offer 70 bicycle spaces.

Image: Nicholson Street perspective. Image: Fieldwork Projects