Fifteen years after the commencing of construction on the waterfront community, Wharf's Entrance will see the transformation of a four hectare site at the western end of Yarra’s Edge.
Stage 1 will eventually see an estimated 450 residents living across a 30 level tower comprising 228 apartments, as well as 11 luxury riverfront homes and seven home offices on the four hectare site located at the western end of Mirvac’s Yarra’s Edge community.
Wharf’s Entrance will feature a pool, expansive fitness centre and café, all housed under a striking inclined grass roof that sits adjacent to a 2,000 square metre green open space known as Wharf’s Landing.
Mirvac Group Executive Residential John Carfi
said Wharf’s Entrance would cap off a highly successful precinct that had experienced almost sell-out success across its eight existing towers.
“Wharf’s Entrance is the final piece of the puzzle at Yarra’s Edge and will cement the precinct as Melbourne’s premier waterfront living community,” he said.
“What we have created over the past 15 years is a neighbourhood of 2500 people that values great design and embraces a lifestyle by the water, much like the world’s greatest cities do.
“We expect that as Wharf’s Entrance is the final offering in this community, demand for the final stage will be high.”
The final stage is expected to attract a broad range of residents through a mix of homes and apartments that appeal to different needs and life stages.
These residents will be able to commute by foot into the city and enjoy the benefits of a life lived by the river as well as one of the most iconic recreation facilities in the city.
Standing approximately 100 metres high at the entrance to the final stage, the 30 level Forge tower will feature 5 unique one and two-bedroom Artist Studios, 10 one-bedroom lofts, 56 one-bedroom, 2 two-bedroom maisonettes, 111 two-bedroom apartments and 5 three-bedroom terraces and 39 three-bedroom apartments ranging up to 150 square metres in size.
Sculpted out of concrete, steel and glass, the building reflects the gentle rise and ripples of the surrounding water through its gently curving façade that brings a strong sculptural statement to the precinct.
“Forge is the anchor of this wharfside precinct, which will be lighter and brighter than other stages of Yarra’s Edge, providing a distinct new look that also fits with the existing architecture,” said Mr Carfi.
Forge will neighbour a limited number of Wharfside Residences, all featuring four bedrooms across four expansive levels that front the water.
Ranging in size from 332 square metres to 493 square metres including balcony, they are designed to offer the ultimate in luxury, featuring personal lifts and generous outdoor living areas.
Rounding out the mix of properties are flexible Cargo Homes, clever home offices split across three levels with three to four bedrooms that range in total size from 275 square metres to 354 square metres including balcony.
“The unique configurations of these properties offer so many options to people, whatever their needs. With this final stage we have really pushed the envelope in terms of design and architecture and plan to finish Yarra’s Edge on a high note,” Mr Carfi said.
Mirvac Design Director Michael Wiener
said the goal had been to create a precinct with a distinct design difference to what had come before, but that still played into the architecture of the Yarra’s Edge precinct.
“The materials and shapes bring in the wharfside elements of the area while celebrating the biggest character in the story at Yarra’s Edge – the water.
“The architecture at Wharf’s Entrance embraces organic forms, which is obvious in the sculptural and curving façade of Forge. The colour palette references the reflection of the water, with silver steel, metal and concrete complemented by wharfside elements in brickwork, zinc, copper and timber.”
Anticipated to commence construction in 2015, Wharf’s Entrance will be built in several stages, with the entire precinct due to be completed in approximately seven years.