Jean Nouvel’s first Melbourne tower approved

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Jean Nouvel’s first Melbourne tower approved
The mixed-use tower at 383 La Trobe Street designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Architectus

Victoria’s planning minister Richard Wynne has approved a $700-million mixed-use tower in Melbourne designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel (design architect) and Architectus (executive architect).

When complete, the tower will be Ateliers Jean Nouvel’s first project in Melbourne and the firm’s second project in Australia following the One Central Park apartment project in Sydney.

The 242-metre, 70-storey tower will accommodate 488 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and a 196-room hotel. The tower, located at 383 La Trobe Street, will be adjacent to the former Royal Mint site and the Republic Tower designed by Nonda Katsalidis in 2000.

The tower was approved despite exceeding the plot ratio limits of Melbourne’s interim planning controls. The development will have a plot ratio of 29.1:1, more than the allowable ratio of 24:. In a statement, the minister said “the building meets the requirement of delivering public benefit.”

The development will create a new laneway to the east, which will run along the rear of the tower between the heritage brick wall of the former Royal Mint and Queen Street. The laneway will act as a continuation of Guildford Lane. […]