QVII Residential Tower

QVII Residential Tower

Concept

This project is an eight level apartment building above a 3 storey retail podium. It comprises 136 apartments, the majority of which are compact single bedroom apartments. Particularly important in this project is the relationship of the building to the civically and historically sensitive State Library,

The building plan is in relation to neighbouring buildings is distorted to improve light and views. In each apartment a similar model is followed, a central service core contains the kitchen, bathroom, and colour stained joinery units. Sliding doors retract into the core to allow for continuous circulation around every apartment. The central core and perimeter circulation model allowed for the creation of seventeen unique apartments within the building’s distorted envelope.

Completed
August 2004
Location
Swanston Street, Melbourne

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Awards

Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Awards 2005

Winner – Multi-Residential Architecture

Publications

10×10 / 3 Phaidon Press, 2009 (pg 220-223 & 430)
Australian Design Review, 7 April 2009