Company:McBride Charles Ryan
Designer(s): Robert McBride, Debbie Ryan, Matt Borg, Beth Solomon, Eva Idham, Andrew Hayne, Jamie McCutcheon, Drew Williamson, Sophie Nash, Ben Inman, Steve Jones, Tiffany Tan, James Warden, Alan Ting, Peter Ryan, Anthony Parker, Stephan Bekhor, Luke Waldron, Andre Bonnice, Stephanie McNamara, Foong Chern Wong, Farzin Lotfi-Jam, Jacqui Robbins, Casey Bryant, Steven Chu, Jannette Le, Seung Hyuk Choi, Qianyi Lim, Mitch Eaton, Alexa Gower, Nathan Su, Gary Bramich, Jasmine Starcevich, Peter Fox, Tina Leal, Australia
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'The Quays' is a mixed-use and apartment development in the New Quay precinct of Melbourne's Docklands. Its sinuous form offers a sensual counterpoint to the series of sentinel towers that currently line the waters edge. Located on a prominent intersection, 'The Quays' provides a major new frontage and potentially new perception of the Docklands. In addition to punctuating this significant corner with a new local landmark, the towers provide a figurehead to the series of existing towers.
Architecturally, the form making is composed of the curvilinear forms of the podium that create, help define and give legibility to the adjacent urban spaces. variety of public spaces to its perimeter. At its Harbour Esplanade frontage the towers extrude from this podium to differing heights. Overlaid this undulating geometry are smaller-scaled three dimensional ' pixellated ' extractions either located at the lowest and highest levels of the towers and at the podium where the public can appreciate their more intricate detail. These rectilinear exceptions drive the direction of the permeable routes through the podium preventing a sense of a monolithic impediment to movement through the precinct.
Housing over 600 apartments with accompanying facilities such as a gym, a swimming pool, spa and residents lounge, the larger development includes serviced apartments, a recreation deck and multiple retail outlets to establish a mixed-use development that will contribute to closing the gap between the Docklands and the city.
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