Architecture

Matthews Ave

Architecture

Mathews Ave

Bruce Henderson Architects

Architecture Hotels/Hospitality, Airport West, Victoria

Bruce Henderson Architects

Hotels/Hospitality, Airport West, Victoria

Matthews Ave building architecture streetfront retail
Matthews Ave building architecture streetfront retail

A new benchmark…

A MIXED-USE BUILDING READY FOR THE FUTURE

83 Matthews Avenue is a mixed-use development comprising retail and showroom space, commercial office tenancies, over 100 serviced apartments and 27 residential apartments in a single building form.

Through the creation of a project of this complexity and architectural quality, the development represents a benchmark of quality and a foundation for architectural and property revitalisation of the area.

Defined by its location

This site in Airport West is part of a precinct characterised by its position at the edge of the Tullamarine Freeway. It sits at the interface between Essendon Airport and Essendon Fields to the east and the residential precinct of Airport West to the west, marking a separation between commercial and residential areas. As an area identified for urban renewal, the site represented an opportunity to create a true mixed-use building that responds to the employment and residential demands for the area.

Contemporary building architecture

The front of the building has been conceived as a tower element facing Matthews Avenue and the Tullamarine Freeway, with a lower-scale podium expression introduced as the building scales down toward the west.

Matthews Ave building architecture elevation
Matthews Ave building architecture
Matthews Ave building architecture corner

The main tower façade has been highly articulated within each of these strata with a triangular sawtooth motif running from floor-to-floor in order to maximize north sun penetration and exclude direct low sun angles from the east.

A dynamic façade

The design concept of this façade is based around an expression of movement and dynamism, reflecting the relative long-distance views and continuous changing angles which occur as observers move past the building.

This creates a high degree of visual interest and serves to articulate the built form surface with fine-grain detail. The concept of horizontal and upwards movement has been echoed in other parts of the building.

A stepped and split design

The tower element steps back considerably from the western façade to limit the higher street wall to the eastern façade. This has been further developed by attenuating the form toward the north and south, making its exposure on these sides less visually prominent.

The splitting of the tower into two separate paired elements adds to its apparent slenderness, and breaks down the form when viewed from all angles.

Introducing a green element

The western façade of the building architecture, which primarily faces the commercial office components of the building, incorporates a brise-soleil screen element to the façade with climbing plants running up from the landscaped garden areas below.

In this way the façade simultaneously offers protection from the western sun to the commercial spaces and provides a leafy backdrop to the outlooks from the residential apartment development on the adjacent site to the west.

PROJECT DETAIL
  • Name: Matthews Ave
  • Address: 83 Matthews Avenue, Airport West
  • Levels: 10 + 3 Basement
  • Serviced Apartments: 117
  • Bedrooms: 98 x 1B
  • Bedrooms: 19 x 2B
  • Residential Apartments: 27
  • Bedrooms: 13 x 1B
  • Bedrooms: 11 x 2B
  • Bedrooms: 3 x 3B
  • Retail Space: 420sqm
  • Commercial Office Space: 700sqm
  • GFA Total: 15,300sqm
FURTHER DETAIL
  • Mixed-use development
  • Residential, hotel and serviced-apartments
  • Large retail/showroom space
  • Commercial office tenancies
  • Combined 100 serviced apartments & 27 residential in one building
  • Separated parking, segregated pedestrian and lift access

A new benchmark…

A MIXED-USE BUILDING READY FOR THE FUTURE

83 Matthews Avenue is a mixed-use development comprising retail and showroom space, commercial office tenancies, over 100 serviced apartments and 27 residential apartments in a single building form.

Through the creation of a project of this complexity and architectural quality, the development represents a benchmark of quality and a foundation for architectural and property revitalisation of the area.

Matthews Ave building architecture corner

True Mixed-Use Building Architecture

This site in Airport West is part of a precinct characterised by its position at the edge of the Tullamarine Freeway. It sits at the interface between Essendon Airport and Essendon Fields to the east and the residential precinct of Airport West to the west, marking a separation between commercial and residential areas. As an area identified for urban renewal, the site represented an opportunity to create a true mixed-use building that responds to the employment and residential demands for the area.

Contemporary building architecture

The front of the building has been conceived as a tower element facing Matthews Avenue and the Tullamarine Freeway, with a lower-scale podium expression introduced as the building scales down toward the west.

The main tower façade has been highly articulated within each of these strata with a triangular sawtooth motif running from floor-to-floor in order to maximize north sun penetration and exclude direct low sun angles from the east.

Matthews Ave building architecture frontage

A dynamic façade

The design concept of this façade is based around an expression of movement and dynamism, reflecting the relative long-distance views and continuous changing angles which occur as observers move past the building.

This creates a high degree of visual interest and serves to articulate the built form surface with fine-grain detail. The concept of horizontal and upwards movement has been echoed in other parts of the building.

A stepped and split design

The tower element steps back considerably from the western façade to limit the higher street wall to the eastern façade. This has been further developed by attenuating the form toward the north and south, making its exposure on these sides less visually prominent.

The splitting of the tower into two separate paired elements adds to its apparent slenderness, and breaks down the form when viewed from all angles.

Matthews Ave building architecture

Introducing a green element

The western façade of the building architecture, which primarily faces the commercial office components of the building, incorporates a brise-soleil screen element to the façade with climbing plants running up from the landscaped garden areas below.

In this way the façade simultaneously offers protection from the western sun to the commercial spaces and provides a leafy backdrop to the outlooks from the residential apartment development on the adjacent site to the west.

PROJECT DETAIL
  • Name: Matthews Ave
  • Address: 83 Matthews Avenue, Airport West
  • Levels: 10 + 3 Basement
  • Serviced Apartments: 117
  • Bedrooms: 98 x 1B
  • Bedrooms: 19 x 2B
  • Residential Apartments: 27
  • Bedrooms: 13 x 1B
  • Bedrooms: 11 x 2B
  • Bedrooms: 3 x 3B
  • Retail Space: 420sqm
  • Commercial Office Space: 700sqm
  • GFA Total: 15,300sqm
FURTHER DETAIL
  • Mixed-use development
  • Residential, hotel and serviced-apartments
  • Large retail/showroom space
  • Commercial office tenancies
  • Combined 100 serviced apartments & 27 residential in one building
  • Separated parking, segregated pedestrian and lift access
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