Melbourne Square – A New Chapter In Melbourne Living
Lifestyle & Living, Market Watch
Melbourne in the Australian state of Victoria is certainly one of Singaporeans’ favourite city to live, study, work, play and even retire in.
Now, developer OSK Property is introducing a new chapter in Melbourne living through its $2.8 billion, 5-acre development named Melbourne Square, which is set to be one of the largest and most iconic mixed-use precincts in central Melbourne and includes an array of premium residential apartments and penthouses, retail, offices and a hotel.
A visionary project from OSK Property and COX Architecture, Melbourne Square apartment spans an entire inner-city block and rises above an expansive 3,700 sqm park and is a landmark urban destination which reflects the fine design and liveability for which the city is renowned. OSK Group is a conglomerate with businesses in Malaysia, Vietnam and Australia across property development and investment, financial services, construction, industries and hospitality. Its ultimate holding company, OSK Holdings Berhad (OSKH), has been listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia since 1991. COX Architecture is a multidisciplinary Australian practice with presence in Malaysia and the Middle East, and which integrates architecture, planning, urban design and interior design.
Located in the heart of Southbank and bound by Power, Kavanagh and Balston Streets, Melbourne Square will eventually feature six towers in total, ranging from 38 to 73 levels in height. Stage One of Melbourne Square will see a of striking residential towers situated above an eight-level retail podium which will include, among others, specialty stores, café and a 3,800 sq ft Woolsworth supermarket.
Design Focused Development
Each unit at Melbourne Square is designed with a spacious interior and lots of natural light backed against stunning views. The interior design work is done by Sue Carr, principal of the multi-award-winning Carr Design, one of Australia’s most influential architecture and interior design firms.
Curved corners, pleated walls and sculptural marble complete with luxurious finishing define its interior while from the outside, the two elliptical towers shine with their shimmering pleated facades. The high-rise towers span 54 levels and 69 levels respectively and together will provide a total of 1,043 residential apartments.
Life’s Essentials Are At The Door
The retail podium in phase one will feature a full-line supermarket in the form of a 3,800 sq ft Woolsworth supermarket, a childcare centre as well as many other lifestyle and dining choices. Residents can also enjoy a morning yoga session, a workout at the gym or a swim at either the 35m pool at level 8 or enjoy the cityscape while relaxing at the pool and deck on level 54.
At the level 8 podium, residents also get to enjoy amenities such as a sauna, music room, cinema, lounge/bar, kitchen, private dining area, children’s play area and a golf simulator.
Melbourne Square is positioned within Southbank, an inner-city enclave internationally known for its sophisticated dining and entertainment by the banks of the Yarra River, its world-class arts hub and its proximity to surrounding precincts. From the long, riverside promenade of premium restaurants and shopping destinations, to internationally acclaimed galleries, theatres and concert halls, Southbank offers everything that makes inner-Melbourne such a highly sought-after locale.
Melbourne Square enjoys immediate access to Melbourne’s premier retail, dining, education, recreation and employment precincts. The site location has ready access to a variety of public amenities such as the Crown Casino, Southbank Arts and Entertainment precincts, the parklands of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Queen Victoria Park, Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Australian Open tennis centre.
Close To Nature
For health-conscious Singaporeans, the fact that part of Melbourne Square’s vast community spaces include Melbourne Square Park – the largest park in Southbank – will truly excite as it means lots of spaces for exercising outdoors. The Melbourne Square landscape provides lawns where residents can also spread out for a picnic with friends or just relax in the shade. These gardens have been designed with a collection of sub-tropical plants, Australian natives and exotic species.
Reflecting the nearby parklands, the green spaces of Melbourne Square include pedestrian pathways, pocket gardens and water features. Plaza areas have also been included in the masterplan for social events and outdoor dining.
The rooftop garden continues the sub-tropical theme of the podium gardens to provide an exclusive retreat for residents with a stunning pool surrounded by colourful floral displays, edible herbs and natural architectural features. From cooking a barbecue in a dining pavilion to enjoying a peaceful yoga session on the lawn, there are multiple bookable private spaces for everyone to enjoy.
A short walk away, residents can enjoy the Royal Botanic Gardens and visit the Shrine of Remembrance, or visit the Royal Park and the Melbourne Zoo which are just a short ride away.
Having been named as the world’s most liveable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Liveability Index for seven straight years, and with top institutions such as RMIT University and the University of Melbourne, it is no wonder that many Singaporeans also choose Melbourne as their place to further their studies.
From relaxing in the gardens to wandering the city’s iconic laneways and enjoying premium arts and entertainment, Melbourne Square places residents in the centre of the action.
Living in Melbourne Square means you have fancy neighbours such as the Crown Melbourne and Eureka Tower, as well as the arts precinct which includes the National Gallery of Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne where the 2,661 seat Hamer Hall and the 2,077 seat State Theatre (both larger than the concert hall and theatre of Singapore’s Esplanade Theatres on the Bay) regularly host world class performances by the Australian Ballet and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. There is also the sports precinct which includes Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Arena and the world-famous Melbourne Cricket Ground and Melbourne Park, where the Australian Tennis Open is held.
From the top of the Melbourne Square, one can even see Port Phillip Bay, Port Melbourne Beach, Fisherman’s Bend, the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre and even St Kilda Beach.
With all this and more, potential investors who are looking for a home right in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank with all its lifestyle and entertainment offerings need look no further than Melbourne Square.