News - 4 September 2020

New Tower to Reinvigorate Melbourne’s Little Bourke

Construction will soon get underway on a new 23-level office tower on Melbourne’s Little Bourke Street, after the development got the green light from the City of Melbourne in July.

Little Bourke Street in central Melbourne is to get a new 23-storey office tower, designed by UNStudio and locally based XO Projects, aiming to rejuvenate the site.

“The 570 Little Bourke project will unlock a piece of Melbourne for the public again” said Ben van Berkel, UNStudio’s founder and principal architect. “We are very proud to be able to contribute to this development and bring new life and quality to the area.”

The mixed-use tower, being developed by Argo Group, will cover four lots, with frontages on King Street, Little Bourke Street and Brown Alley. It will comprise 24,000 square metres of office space, and feature multiple outdoor terraces, retail space and a pocket park.

The site is also home to one of Melbourne’s oldest pubs, the Great Western Hotel, which will be integrated into the new design. Opened in 1864, the venue carries historical significance for the city.

“The power of 570 Little Bourke is a fusion of the boutique sectors, which blurs between corporate, hospitality and retail. The design combines environments that blend the best of them all,” said Igor Kebel, XO Projects’ Co-Founder and Principal Architect.

The City of Melbourne approved the planning permit for the development on July 31, 2020.

It comes after our design for Australia’s tallest building, Southbank by Beulah, was approved by the Victorian government in April. Also known as 'The Green Spine, it is currently under construction in Melbourne's Southbank precinct.

Read more about the Little Bourke Street project here.

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