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A tower of simple, elegant proportions, emerging above the adjacent former woollen exchange

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140 King – Meriton’s first building in Melbourne – is a dynamic 57-storey tower woven into the city fabric.

Knitting the building in place
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King Street was historically the centre of Australia’s wool trade. Creating a meaningful backdrop to the Wool Exchange, we designed the tower with a woven pattern that expands from a tight weave at the base to a medium and loose weave as the building rises. A chunky weave of precast concrete on the podium knits the building to its neighbours.

Exploring prefabricated construction

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The woven pattern is not simply a gesture. The precast concrete podium components are also the principal structure, directly reflective of the internal program, as each element relates to the studios within. Above the street wall, we explored innovative methods of prefabricated construction, which led to using the Hickory Building System, capitalising on its benefits for quality, efficiency and sustainability.

 

Enhancing the city fabric
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project details
140 KingMeriton GroupMelbourne, VIC