Ahead of its Time

23 June 2016

Set for completion early 2017, 889 Collins Street has created quite a stir.

And it’s easy to see why - the building’s design is truly spectacular thanks to Koichi Takada and his team of Sydney based architects who have applied their design expertise to the project.

Located where Melbourne’s most iconic street – Collins Street – connects with the waterfront, 889 Collins Street is set to become one of the most prestigious addresses in Victoria Harbour. A debut collaboration between one of Australia’s most sought after and inspiring architects and one of the country’s most respected and established developers, Lendlease, this Victoria Harbour building is a representation of visionary city living. Inspired by the location, energised by the city and achieved through applied mastery, 889 Collins Street is a building deserving of its address.

The artistry is evident in the details. Takada has focused on bringing character, warmth and materiality to both the streetscape and the interiors, reflecting the industrial history of the docks and providing contrast to the sleek nature of the city. Mapped patterns of the rippling of water are reflected in the building’s surfaces, and from some angles its lines give the impression of a sailing ship catching the wind.

Takada explains the building’s appearance is also intended to change depending on where the viewer is located and the time of day.

“There are these Manhattan-sequel views, and the water is constantly changing the light,” he said.

889 Collins Street is set to become one of the most desirable buildings to live in with its extended living spaces and abundant common areas including a gym and pool where residents can work out, relax or bring guests.

Takada explains these pockets of space are extremely important for building a sense of community for residents, while also acting as retreats where people can escape and unwind. These elements have resulted in strong sales for 889 Collins St, with only a small number of apartments remaining.

This development really is ahead of its time.

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