The 1,696sqm site is in an excellent location to provide improved connectivity to the Queen Victoria Market (QVM). The development application seeks to double the width of Blender Lane and gift 103sqm to the public realm adding to the laneway culture Melburnians know and love. This will provide unrestricted pedestrian access between Franklin and Therry Streets. The development will accommodate various retail tenancies, an office co-working space, publicly accessible indoor basketball court and 267 build-to-rent residences ranging from studio apartments up to three-bedroom offerings. Residential amenities will include dog washing facilities, car-sharing and bike-sharing services, a children’s playroom, vegetable gardens, gym and yoga studios, private dining rooms with kitchen facilities, office board rooms, libraries, a snooker room, rooftop terraces, a swimming pool, spa and sauna.
Landream is proud to be a part of the rejuvenation of the wider Queen Victoria Market (QVM) precinct renewal which includes the introduction of pocket parks, laneway networks and the future 1.75 hectare public market square. The existing building to 100 Franklin Street traces back to 1859 as the home of the Victorian Ice Works owned by James Harrison, the inventor of the refrigeration process. The architecture seeks to honour this rich history through use of materiality, the preservation and restoration of the existing building and deliberate tower setbacks to champion and reference the existing design. The slender proportion and clarity of form seen in the 250kg ice blocks formerly created on site has inspired he expression of the tower massing.