250 Spencer Street

Location \ Melbourne CBD
Client \ Far East Consortium
Budget \ $8M (Stage 1), $6M (Stage 2)
Duration \ Currently under construction

Rush Wright Associates is working with Far East Consortium, Probuild (Stage 1), Multiplex (Stage 2), and a large design team including Cottee Parker Architects to deliver a four-tower city block in central Melbourne on the former printing site of The Age. The Westside Place project will deliver a new high-quality addition to Melbourne’s network of public and private city spaces.

The landscape design covers the entire precinct around 2 podiums and 4 towers which are bound by Lonsdale Street, Little Lonsdale and Merriman Lane and a new central green laneway activated by ground-floor retail tenancies and two hotel lobbies.

The landscape design includes the precinct bound by Spencer Street, Lonsdale Street, Little Lonsdale Street, and Merriman Lane. Two podiums each with two towers flank a new central green laneway activated with ground-floor retail tenancies and hotel lobbies. The upper-level terraces are conceived to provide a variety of social amenity space for residents and hotel guests, set in a semi-enclosed temperate rainforest setting. Renders below by RWA and Gabriel Saunders.

The installation has started on the level 6 golden lounge, at 250 Spencer Street, Melbourne, following a trial lift offsite. It has been many years in the making, from early ideas to testing in 3D, and the use of parametric design processes to document unique steelwork and a fish-scale cladding system designed in house. Construction by Probuild with ARC, Baigents and Stilcon. Renders by Gabriel Saunders and Scenery. Images below by RWA and courtesy of Probuild and ARC.