Royal Elizabeth is located within Melbourne’s ‘knowledge precinct’ on the northern edge of the CBD, adjacent Melbourne University, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the new Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. It is a high profile corner site as you enter the CBD from the north. The significance of the site allowed PDG to achieve a height of 20 levels. This provided a point of difference for our clients who were looking to buy in the city, but were not keen on living in a large high-rise development. PDG worked with architects Elenberg Fraser, to create a building which would provide the high quality amenities PDG had become renowned for but within a tower that was home to a smaller community of residents. The tower itself was inspired by the quintessentially Australian gum trees that line Royal Parade and nearby Royal Park. Shimmering bronze glazing forms the ‘trunk’ and provides residents with thermal, privacy and acoustic protection with perforated green balustrading in various shades and shapes acting as the trees ‘foliage’. A full level of lifestyle amenities is located at the building’s ‘canopy’ level and includes a large, fully equipped gym, a dining room with kitchen facilities as well as a casual lounge with feature fireplace. A large barbeque terrace with scalloped seating areas wraps the canopies edge and provides very special views of the city skyline.