Planning Application Approved For High Rise Southbank Apartment Building


Victoria's Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI) has approved

Urbis' planning application for 1,478 square metre land at 68-70 Dorcas Street, Southbank.
DTPLI and the Urbis team held consultation prior to the submission of what would be one of the taller towers within Southbank.

Located on the corner of Dorcas Street and Dodds Street, the development plans to acquires approval to build a 274-apartment building with distinctive metal rooftop features, and a communal rooftop facility.

The current commercial office building at this location will be replaced by a more engaging tower with an active street level interface.

The building will consist of 29 levels at 92.2 metres, with the option of one, two or three bedroom apartments.

68-70 Dorcas Street plans to employ an elliptical tower, which contrasts with the unbroken rectangular format of all the surrounding buildings.


The defining characteristic of the design is the curved exterior surface, skinned with contrasting façade panels.

The façade panels will be presented in muted tones with distinctive texture, reflectivity and transparency qualities.

68-70 Dorcas Street is described as an “iconic” design within the planning report.

The submitted Design Proposal prepared by

SJB Architects includes shadow diagrams at the equinox, to demonstrate the design will not overshadow any significant features or parklands in the area.

The immediate surrounding area has seen an increase in apartment development over the last decade.

The now limited sizeable development sites remaining in the area, allows 68-70 Dorcas Street to produce uninterrupted Southbank and CBD views.

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