Attendees enjoyed unparalleled views of the Melbourne CBD from floor 47 of the Bates Smart-designed Collins House

A view of the heritage-listed façade of the superslim Collins House.

Attendees socialize and enjoy refreshments in the Collins House amenities space on the 27th floor.

Attendees admire the Collins House entrance foyer, where many of the heritage features were retained.

September 30, 2019

MELBOURNE – The CTBUH Australia Chapter’s Melbourne Committee hosted a site tour of the superslim Collins House, a rare opportunity to visit the Bates Smart-designed, Hickory Group-delivered building before residents move in at the end of October. Due to a working construction site, the intimate tour attracted over 50 attendees from a diverse group of designers, consultants and developers. With a highly slender ratio, Collins house is designed as an entirely integrated architecture, interior, engineer and construction design solution and employs revolutionary prefabrication and documentation methodologies. This innovative construction system radically reduced construction time frames, kick-started the viability of the development, and overturned economic and development parameters of bulding tall structures.

Carlos Lara from Bates Smart began the tour on Collins House in front of the heritage-listed Makers Mark façade and the entrance foyer where many of the heritage features were retained. A visit to the amenities and roof terrace area allowed the group to see the full scale of the superslim tower and its context. Several floors of typical two-bed and three-bed apartments were then toured. The air rights purchased from the adjacent site meant that the cantilevered portion of the tower had spectacular uninterrupted views across the Melbourne CBD. While the tour was not able to visit the penthouse on level 56, the views even at level 47 were breathtaking. The group then visited the amenities area on Level 27 where refreshments were provided. An informal Q&A session followed with particular interest in the prefabrication techniques, impact of the methodology on the design, and negotiations of the tight site constraints.

Special thanks to Bates Smart for hosting the tower and Hickory Group for sponsoring the event.