MELBOURNE – The Australian and Vietnam-based architectural practice Elenberg Fraser recently completed a 55-storey wave-like residential tower in Melbourne Central District. The firm’s intention was to offer a different approach to apartment living, resulting in the design of a building that individualises each and every apartment.
The structure is an undulating tower comprising 450 apartments, each fitted with a corner view without compromising the space inside. The architects explain that ‘each of the horizontal and vertical waves consists of individual rooms articulated as protrusions, creating the effect of a set of drawers pulled out at random.’ The three-dimensional curved façade therefore is visually uncommon amongst the shape of most skyscrapers. The architects also claim that ‘the undulation affects wind pressure, which determines the fluctuating amplitude and breaks up downdrafts to protect pedestrians.’
The drawer-inspired tower is ‘clad in low-emissivity glass that appears as pink blush from the exterior, yet is clear from the interior.’ A square pattern of decorative mesh screen surrounds the base of the tower, adding an industrial feel to the building. Whilst viewed from the outside the protruding façades – which offer floor to ceiling windows – produce a pixelated effect, inside they offer an unobstructed view of the Melbourne skyline.