Sky-pool to become a suburban Melbourne landmark

A Marina Bay Sands-style sky-pool connecting two proposed apartment buildings is poised to become a suburban Melbourne landmark.

Part of a five-building master-planned village in Hawthorn East, the 25-metre natatorium, surrounded by an observation deck, sky-walk and market garden, will capture city skyline vistas from its seventh-floor position.

A resident-only hammock lounge, gym, yoga room, outdoor alfresco area and cycling workshop also forms part of the village – Hawthorn Park – recently launched by Dahua Group Melbourne.

The development, speculated to have an end value of more than $280-million, will replace a collection of low rise commercial buildings covering 33-57 Camberwell Road, seven kilometres east of the CBD (story continues below).

Dahua was reported as buying the 5197 square metre site for $50m two years ago from a consortium including the Victor Smorgon Group and the Kanat family, who are behind fashion brands Ted Baker in Australia, and Flair.

The developer’s proposal has been in planning since the end of 2015. An approved permit has been amended a couple of times, including late last year when the number of apartments was increased to 368.

Hawthorn Park will also include 567 car park bays and ground floor retail.

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Marc Pallisco

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