West Side Place - Park Release
At ground level, the concept led to the creation of an internal void through the podium and the opening up of the heart of the precinct as a landscaped plaza/laneway that gives back to the city and enhances the destination appeal of West Side Place. As a shared vehicular/pedestrian zone the plaza will allow drop-off to the proposed Ritz-Carlton hotel and pedestrian access to all residential and hotel foyers and retail / commercial facilities.
Permeation of the site is further achieved with an east/west arcade/laneway connection linking Spencer Street and Merriman Lane with the central plaza area. This builds on the celebrated arcade and laneway culture of Melbourne.
The podium holds the street wall and scale for the pedestrian user but simultaneously splits, is creased or eroded, to enable glimpses up through the podium façade to the towers beyond.
Above the street wall, the podium levels terrace and fold back toward the smaller floorplates of the towers. The folding and terracing nature of the upper podium is referenced through the surface of the towers via the folding and patterned nature of the tower façade panels.
For each tower, a six-sided floor plate allows maximum solar exposure to apartments and penetration into the site whilst providing the best view outcomes out from all apartments. The faceting of the tower floor plans reduces to a minimum any direct overlooking from towers whilst optimising setback dimensions between towers.
Faceting of the tower footprints also allows for alternate views into the site and enhances the three dimensional and sculptural nature of the precinct. West Side Place invites visual and physical engagement from multiple viewpoints, there is no front and back. Each frontage is sculpted and leads the eye to look through the precinct.
The landscaping for West Side Place is designed by award-winning landscape architects Rush Wright Associates It features a public area at ground level and residential terraces at podium levels 6, 7, 10 and 11.
At ground level, the northern entrance to the laneway will feature a pocket park with mature trees and planting zones. The rainforest inspired central laneway creates a green spine through the centre of the precinct.
Two large podium roof terraces are accessible via the resident’s lounge on Level 6. The Eastern Terrace has a rainforest-inspired design, while the Western Terrace is based on a desert-inspired landscape. Both terraces have water features, largely enclosed seating pods, BBQ facilities and dining areas.
At level 7 four podium roof terraces are linked to private dining, club lounge and reading rooms.
The sheltered, Eastern-facing terrace on Level 10 offers residents an outdoor relaxation destination. With mature trees, built-in seating and planter boxes, the terrace is accessible by all Tower A & B residents.
At level 11 the rooftop terrace offers spectacular views to the East and West while sheltering under ‘cloud shade structures’ which create wind and sun protection.
• Car Park access via Little Lonsdale Street until the completion of Stage 2. Access will then be via Merriman Lane
• Bike Storage access via Spencer Street via shared retail lift
• Loading bay access from Little Lonsdale Street
• Tower A pedestrian access from arcade connecting Spencer Street and Central Laneway
• Tower B pedestrian access from Central Laneway connecting Lonsdale Street and Little Lonsdale Street.