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    A'Beckett Tower
    A'Beckett Tower
    A'Beckett Tower
    A'Beckett Tower
    A'Beckett Tower

    A'Beckett Tower

    Melbourne VIC 3000

    A towering experiment in colour and design, this now famous façade is created with 347 louvres painted in 16 different colours. The palette for the shades is inspired by the drought-stricken Australian landscape, ironically, the architects note, given the wet la Nina weather systems present for its first years in existence.

    IN BRIEF

    Provide high quality residential apartment accommodation situated within the academic precinct of Melbourne that address the needs of professionals/ academics with a desire to live and work in the city; while complementing the level of eccentric design in this area.

    ARCHITECT’S WORDS

    Sitting on a 900 sqm block, A’Beckett Tower is a prototype for high-density residual infill. The transition from podium to tower is treated non-traditionally, with a thin veneer of apartments surrounding the carpark, which is accessed via elevators for cars, liberating the street front from ramps. 31 A’Beckett Street contains 287 apartments with a carpark that spans seven levels and is concealed from the street behind the residential rooms.

    The slender tower adds a new landmark to the RMIT precinct around Swanston Street. The use of colour and pattern continues the dialogue that has been established by existing buildings in the area, further reinforcing the increasingly strong identity of the precinct. The northern façade looks outwards towards the suburbs and beyond.

    The colour scheme of the sunshading responds to this aspect and is derived from the tones of the Australian landscape. The southern façade is fully glazed and looks back to the city.

    The finish relates directly to the predominant use of curtain wall glazing in the CBD. The building mass is broken into a podium/tower arrangement, with the podium levels relating in scale to the adjacent RMIT building on the east.

    A local artist was commissioned to produce an artwork for the perforated screens to the carpark levels on the south. The image deals with the laneway art and layering of posters, which you will find in neighbouring streets.

    ACCOLADES

    • Dulux Colour Awards, Best residential Exterior & Grand Pix Award 2011
    • AIA Victoria Awards, Multi-Residential Award 2011
    • Asia Pacific Property Awards - Architecture, Best high rise australia 2011
    • AIA National Awards, Residential - Multiple Housing (Commendation) 2011

    PRODUCTS

    METAL BALUSTRADE 
    WEBFORGE AUSTRALIA

    CARPET
    TUFTMASTER CARPETS

    GRANITE TILES
    CLASSIC CERAMICS IMPORTERS PTY LTD

    JOINERY FINISHES
    LAMINEX

    ENTRY MATTING
    BIRRUS MATTING SYSTEMS

    ROOFING
    BLUESCOPE LYSAGHT

    BATHROOMS
    KADO
    CAROMA 
    DTAC 
    MIZU
    GENX

    PAINTS & FINISHES
    DULUX

    FIBRE CEMENT SHEET
    JAMES HARDIE WALL & FLOOR PRODUCTS

    ALUMINIUM CLADDING
    ALUCOBOND ARCHITECTURAL 
    ALPOLIC

    FLOORS
    REINFORCED CONCRETE

    EXTERNAL WALLS
    PRECAST CONCRETE / RENDERED MASONRY AND/OR CLADDING OVER

    DIVIDING WALLS
    PRECAST WALLS WITH PLASTERBOARD LINING 

    INTERNAL WALLS
    STUD FRAMED PLASTERBOARD WALLS

    ROOF
    REINFORCED CONCRETE WITH WATERPROOF MEMBRANE

    WINDOWS/GLAZING
    HIGH PERFORMANCE DOUBLE GLAZING 
    FULL HEIGHT BI-PARTING SLIDING DOORS 

    EXTERNAL BALUSTRADE
    CLEAR GLASS IN BLACK ALUMINIUM FRAME 

    EXTERNAL SUNSHADES
    POWDERCOATED ALUMINIUM CLADDING OVER ALUMINIUM FRAME 

    BALCONIES/TERRACES
    FULLY DRAINED WITH CERAMIC TILES

    CARPARK
    REINFORCED CONCRETE STRUCTURE WITH CLEAR SEAL FINISH 

    HOT WATER SERVICE
    CENTRAL GAS FIRED HOT WATER SYSTEM

    HEATING/COOLING
    INDIVIDUAL REVERSE CYCLE A/C SYSTEM

    BATHROOM AND LAUNDRY EXHAUST
    DUCTED EXHAUST SYSTEM WITH EXTERNAL DISCHARGE TO FACADE

    KITCHEN EXHAUST 
    DUCTED SYSTEM WITH EXTERNAL DISCHARGE

    COOKING FACILITIES
    GAS HOT PLATE 
    ELECTRIC OVEN 
    DISH DRAWER

    SECURITY/ACCESS CONTROL
    AUDIO INTERCOM WITH REMOTE DOOR ACCESS CONTROL
    SECURITY ACCESS TO MAIN ENTRY AND LIFTS
    SECURITY ACCESS TO CARPARK 

    BUILDING INTERCOM
    AUDIO/VISUAL INTRCOM INTEGRATED WITH ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEM

    FIRE PROTECTION
    SMOKE DETECTION AND THERMAL DETECTOR SYSTEM
    INDIVIDUAL SMOKE DETECTORS

    LIFTS
    2NO. SECURED LIFTS 

    ENTRY LOBBY
    FLOOR FINISHES - SELECTED TILES
    WALL FINISHES - COLOURBACK GLASS, PLASTERBOARD
    CEILING FINISHES - PLASTERBOARD
    LIGHTING - SELECTED TRACK LIGHTS, RECESSED DOWN-LIGHTS

    TYPICAL APARTMENT LOBBY
    FLOOR FINISHES - VITRIFIED CERAMIC TILE
    WALL FINISHES - PLASTERBOARD
    CEILING FINISHES - PLASTERBOARD
    LIGHTING - LINEAR FLUORESCENT BATTENS AND RECESSED DOWN-LIGHTS 

    LIVING/DINING ROOMS
    FLOOR FINISHES - WOOL CARPET
    CEILING AND WALL FINISHES - PLASTERBOARD

    KITCHENS
    FLOOR FINISHES - CERAMIC TILE
    JOINERY FINISHES - LAMINEX

    BATHROOMS
    FLOOR AND WALL FINISHES - WHITE CERAMIC TILE WITH BLACK GROUT
    VANITY - LAMINEX

    Key Info

    Architect: Elenberg Fraser 
    Project Manager: PDS Group
    Town Planner: Contour 
    Building Surveyor: Gardiner Group
    Fire Engineer: ULA
    Land Surveyor: Reeds Consulting
    Quantity Surveyor: Slattery Australia
    Structural Engineer: Webber Design
    Services Engineer: Murchie, FFIC, Cardno Grogan Richards
    Energy Audit: Murchie
    Completion date: 2011
    Photography: John Gollings

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