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Banksia

Architect: McBride Charles Ryan

Docklands | D04

Banksia continues the award-winning collaboration between MAB and celebrated Melbourne architects McBride Charles Ryan (MCR). Inspired by the Australian native flower, Banksia is the pinnacle of Australian architectural design. The circular floorplan allows for each apartment to view water, city or park, while nautical-inspired designs have brought the façade to life. Circles and organic shapes can be found throughout the building from the lobby, to the communal kitchen, sunken lounge and plunge pools. MCR’s signature use of colour is, of course, on display here with purple walls, lime-green lounge, multi-coloured tiles, and magenta kitchen. Marking the entrance to Bankisa is Robert Bridgewater’s art installation, Beaded Samphire. The specially curated piece continues the Australian flora theme, with pillars modelled on a local indigenous plant know as Beaded Samphire or Beaded Glasswort, which can be found just a few hundred metres from Banksia along the banks of Moonee Ponds Creek. Built as part of the Banksia project, NewQuay Central Park surrounds the foot of the building and adds 4,600square-metres of green space to the Docklands area. The park, featuring many Australian species, has quickly becoming a meeting point for local residents with the building’s iconic façade providing a picturesque backdrop.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat 10am-4pm

  • What's Open: Ground floor, level 18 facilities including communal kitchen, lounge, gym and pool area

  • Tour Details: Tours every 30 mins, running for 25 minutes, in groups of 10

  • Building Type: Residential

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Year Built: 2017

  • Website: mcbridecharlesryan.com.au

  • Transport: Tram stop: Waterfront City/Docklands on routes 35, 70 and 86

  • Photo Credit: Dianna Snape

  • Tour Type: Guided, queue

Location

2 Glenti Place, Docklands 3008, VIC

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