The Glen Waverly mixed-use development has created a new front door to the existing railway station. As a terminus, the station precinct functions as a piece of public infrastructure and acts as a catalyst for new urban projects. The ten storey tower is a prominent form within its context and, being the tallest building in Glen Waverly, takes the status of a local icon.
The multifaceted frontage responds to both residential and commercial elements of the building. The balconies offer an extension to the living areas, whilst the orange partitions create a point of interest on the façade.
Acting as a form of urban punctuation, orienting locals, guiding them to the railway station. Equally, flagging the new densification that Glen Waverley will undergo.
The building embraces the public realm, so that at a distance it appears to be a freestanding monument, although on closer inspection forms a backdrop to the civic space. It avoids being a monolith by presenting differing frontages which address differing civic impulses.
The programme for the building is for 116 apartments above the ground plane of retail and commercial office. This provides a resident population that contributes to a safer public realm via passive surveillance, offers patrons to surrounding facilities.
At the crucial ground plane, small scale retail outlets will allow convenience retail associated with transport interchange, such as groceries, newsagency, and pharmacy, as well as hospitality in the form of a café with the capacity to open out northward to the sun. This has exposed, and made a public display of, the new address for the railway station, in addition to expanding the civic amenity.