Piccolo’s Upper House Creates An Architectural Icon For Carlton


With its distinct white façade and extruding balconies that give a sense of the three-dimensional,

Piccolo’s latest development

Upper House has created a new architectural icon on the fringe of the CBD.

Built by

Hamilton Marino, the 110-apartment complex situated in Carlton, Victoria is a lesson in precision and attention to detail and the market has responded with enthusiasm, with just one apartment still for sale.

Almost 70 per cent of the building was sold within the first 10 weeks of launch back in November 2012.

Designed by architects

Jackson Clements Burrows, the $50-million, 17-level apartment building is split across two distinct buildings, with the Cloud apartments on levels 12 to 17 appearing to levitate above the Podium apartments on levels 1 to 10.

The 11th floor boasts the 500 square metre Observatory, a whole-floor communal area that includes a gym, lounge, entertaining area and – most breathtaking – an external outdoor space spanning three sides that offer some of the best views in Melbourne.

Piccolo director Michael Piccolo said the Observatory brought to life democracy in architecture: “It makes the views of the city more democratic. No matter what your aspect, you can enjoy it all in this private residents-only entertaining space, which also creates equal amenity for all.”

Located at the former site of the Electrical Trades Union building at 516-520 Swanston Street, Upper House is a response to the sometimes over-stimulating bustle of Carlton and the CBD, which is just a short walk away.

The development features two retail tenancies on the ground floor and a lobby where Piccolo’s attention to detail is on full display.

“The success of Upper House is testament to the market’s appetite for architecturally-designed and timeless apartment projects that are inspiring and created with modern lifestyles in mind,” Mr Piccolo said.

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