Kings DomainSouthbank VIC Australia
Kings Domain is a bold yet elegant residential tower breathing fresh life into the arts precinct in Melbourne’s Southbank.
The 23 storey building, located on the corner of Dorcas and Wells Street, presents as a 360-degree sculptural form. The east facade is rectilinear and responds to its boundary condition and future, neighbouring building. However, to the north, south and west, the building form presents as a continuously curving gesture which responds sympathetically to its two street interfaces.
The most evident and striking feature of the building is the tessellating facade of stone and glass. Builder Hamilton Marino researched and developed a new, natural stone product which was integrated into the facade system - the panels arranged in an asymmetrical pattern creating the effect of a ‘shifting skin’.
A black steel crown sits atop Kings Domain, a transparent expression of the building’s curvaceous form that caps the building. The sweeping, oval form of the building is reflected in a similarly curved canopy form at ground level - a twisting expression of black-steel-and-glass that visually connects sky, tower and ground.
Residents amenities include an in-house concierge, a private lounge with an open fireplace, exclusive wine cellar access, lap pool, cinema, BBQ and entertainment facilities. The café at street level provides a welcoming and activated ground condition.
The building is both bold and restrained. The facade is devoid of embellishment, which allows the building to present as a singular, legible architectural form. Kings Domain represents a shift away from the all-glass towers that dominate this precinct and will be recognised as an enduring and site-responsive addition to Southbank.