- MAB Corporation
- Woods Bagot
MAB Corporation is proud to submit Promenade Aqui for the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards.
The newly completed development comprises two separate towers over a shared six level podium comprising 436 apartments, luxurious facilities and an undercover public arcade creating pedestrian access from the eastern end of NewQuay.
An innovative design, carefully considered interiors and a wide variety of apartment types all contributed to a successful sales campaign with a complete sell out in just under 2 years. We welcome the opportunity to showcase the project personally to the judging panel.
The Woods Bagot design responds to its contextual settings of water, its neighbours and NewQuay Central Park.
Taking cues from the immediate surrounds, Woods Bagot have designed a twin tower development inspired by two simple rotated parallelogram forms that resemble a pair of sculptural crystals creating a ‘playful’ interplay.
The buildings mirror water movement and reflections. The facade is a sinuous pattern weaving skywards and becoming a luminous shear glass form.
The buildings sequentially rise in height from the water’s edge, culminating at its highest on Docklands Drive with the taller of the towers creating a memorable crystalline roof silhouette.
Promenade Aqui has been built with the resident in mind.
All apartments are proportioned for contemporary living, with floor to ceiling windows to maximise light and the panoramic views. Facilities in the project include: 25 meter indoor swimming pool, residents’ library with private meeting room and podium rooftop garden with outdoor dining and barbeque areas overlooking NewQuay Central Park (currently under construction).
The interiors echo the history of the docks with timber featuring heavily in both the apartments and communal facilities.
Given the proximity to the water, carparking in the project must remain above ground. Given the podium levels are largely dominated by carpark it was important to envelope the lower levels of the building in a cohesive façade.
An innovative, two level townhouse design was developed for the podium levels 2-4 above the two level SOHO apartments on levels G-1. The building design involved an efficient double aisle carpark but the remaining depth for liner apartments facing Doepel Way was compressed.
The design solution was two double-storey apartments with interlocking 1 and 2 bedroom designs.
Promenade Aqui has achieved the Award of Excellence, the highest level of environmental performance under the government’s rating tool established for Docklands.
– Average 6 star energy
– High water efficiency fixtures
– CFD Modelling of carpark for mechanical efficiency
– Cyclist facilities for residents and visitors
– Low emission paints
– Use of plantation timbers
– Solar hot water contributions
– Waste recycling facilities
The roof terraces give the opportunity to add green to the skyline and act as a catchment area for water collection for both the roof terrace gardens and the communal tower landscape.
Rather than blocking the pedestrian access between Caravel Lane and NewQuay Central Park the development includes a public pedestrian access way providing a continuous walkway from the street through to the park.
Marking the entrance to the Promenade tower and the public walkway is a specifically curated installation by Aboriginal artist Reko Rennie. Visible from multiple angles as you approach, its neon lights and colours make for a visual landmark as the vehicular end to Caravel Lane.
Untitled 2016 utilises Rennie’s geometric designs and bold colours and easily captures the attention of pedestrians and visitors to Promenade.