Looking at Melbourne’s evolving skyline

Melbourne city’s skyline is a work in progress, with hotels, restaurants and new developments making their mark.

Since its earliest beginnings, the heart of modern Melbourne has been a vibrant and evolving place, with the history and prosperity of the city unfolding in the many buildings that line the streets and laneways.

Looking at Melbourne's evolving skyline

Aspire Melbourne will contribute to the city’s evolving skyline.

Like many other major world cities, the skyline has also changed, as older, disused buildings are replaced by contemporary designs – many of them on a grand scale.

And like cosmopolitan cities such as New York and London, the 21st century CBD has become a hub that has flexed and grown as increasing numbers of young people, professionals, couples and downsizers all want to call the city home.

The liveability factor

The Global Liveability Index consistently places Melbourne at or near the top of its list, based on factors like stability, healthcare, culture, environment, education and infrastructure.

This has attracted an influx of overseas buyers who have been drawn to Melbourne’s energetic and sophisticated city lifestyle. They, too, have helped change the shape of the city and the skyline.

Tim Storey, Managing Director of Colliers International, says the CBD’s growing population has helped the many hospitality and commercial precincts at ground level flourish, further reinvigorating the streets and laneways.

A number of five-star hotels have also capitalised on the city’s cosmopolitan vibe and the Shangri-La, Ritz-Carlton, W Melbourne, St Regis and 1 Hotel Melbourne are all set to enhance the cityscape.

Looking at Melbourne's evolving skyline

Overseas buyers are drawn to Melbourne’s energetic and sophisticated city lifestyle.

A catalyst for change

“Ten years ago, who would have thought that the Ritz-Carlton would move to Spencer Street? Back then the western side of the city was semi-industrial and there was not much happening. But the arrival of the Ritz-Carlton is a game-changer,” says Storey.

“The CBD has been a catalyst to drive the environment around it – Southbank and Docklands have thrived because of the CBD. Years ago, the city was seen as a non-vibrant place but now there are restaurants and luxury hotels and people are saying ‘if I found the right place, I’d live in the city’.”

The lure of city living has sparked a number of luxury residential developments, particularly clustered in the east, north and western parts of the city, says Callum Fraser, architect and founder of Elenberg Fraser.

Looking at Melbourne's evolving skyline

The lure of the city has sparked a number of luxury developments, including Aspire Melbourne.

History and the future

But new planning laws will curb the scale and impact of future towers, with one of the last grand-scale developments being Aspire Melbourne at Flagstaff. Designed by Elenberg Fraser, the 65-storey tower will stand as a gateway to the western side of the city, next to Flagstaff Gardens.

Standing almost 200m high, the curvature of the building pays homage to the history of the area and references the flag pole that once stood in the gardens, signalling the arrival of ships into Melbourne’s harbour.

Looking at Melbourne's evolving skyline

Aspire Melbourne is the epitome of modern Melbourne.

But while it pays respect to a previous era, Aspire Melbourne is the epitome of modern and – as its name suggests – aspirational living. It draws on the fine attention to detail and scale of luxury residential buildings in mature apartment cities such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Making a mark

ICD Property Managing Director Matt Khoo says that since apartments within Aspire Melbourne were released, the project has been a runaway success.

Looking at Melbourne's evolving skyline

Aspire Melbourne has been a runaway success.

“This is arguably one of the best apartment success stories in Australia from a design perspective, and from a sales and marketing and settlement perspective. People understand that this is one of the last developments of its kind in the city centre. It is a rare opportunity,” he says.

When completed, Aspire Melbourne will make a permanent mark on the evolving city skyline.

“Aspire Melbourne is a totem and a marker,” says Fraser.

“For many years to come, this development will stand as the very best of its kind.”

All renders supplied courtesy of Aspire Melbourne. 

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