Former Spencer Street Power Station Site Melbourne VIC

role Masterplanning value $50 million area 105,000m² completed date 2006 client Soldis

peckvonhartel was one of several Melbourne architectural firms invited to present a concept to develop an `iconic’ building of some 70 storeys to be located at the former Spencer Street Power Station.

Two design approaches were developed to realise the client’s very limited brief. The first solution was an extension of the modernist tradition of tower and podium. The plan was driven by a desire for two large floor plates that could be connected for very large tenancies while still having the potential to be broken into smaller tenancies if desired.

Although the facade holds a uniform square format externally, the floor plates have several permutation options, with the position of the central void space shifting location and changing in size depending on the planning program for the proposed user.

The second solution was a more radical solution, it includes all the planning and ESD principles of the first solution, however the design is far more innovative and dynamic in its form. The structure is based on a non-conventional external cage system made up of varying-sized triangular-framed components.