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Australia’s First Off-the-grid Solar-powered High-rise Planned In Melbourne

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ICR Property Group's proposed Sol Invictus Tower, a 60-level, 520-unit skyscraper earmarked for a 972 square metre parcel at 42-48 Moray Street.


Australia will soon get its first ‘substantially off-the-grid building’ with a new solar-powered high-rise apartment tower being designed in Southbank, Melbourne. The building site at 42-48 Moray Street directly abuts the King Street off-ramp of the West Gate Freeway.

Designed by Peddle Thorp Architects, the 60-level skyscraper building, named Sol Invictus Tower will use solar cells on the glass facade to generate green energy, which will be stored in batteries to provide off-the-grid power to its residents. The facade is expected to house about 3000sqm of solar panels, with an extra 300 square metres on the roof.

Peter Brook from Peddle Thorp explains that the use of solar cells on the facade will create a greater surface area for catching the sun's rays. The building has been designed with a curved exterior to capture the sun's movement from east to west throughout the day.

According to Brook, designing a completely off-the-grid building may be over-ambitious at the moment but the objective is to get as far as possible down that road. The tower will feature high-tech solar materials sourced from China, wind turbines on the roof, double glazing, battery storage system to support 520 apartments, and low-energy LED lighting.

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Australian city working on new aquatic center to be heated by geothermal energy derived from a depth of 650m with temperatures of around 65 centigrades August 6, 2019

Australian hydrogeological and environmental consulting firm Rockwater recently reported on a geothermal project in the State of Victoria, Australia.

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ROSEBUD AQUATIC CENTRE BUILDING WORK KICKS OFF August 1, 2019

Construction work on the Peddle Thorp designed Rosebud Aquatic Centre has begun.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor David Gill was joined by councillors Kate Roper and Antonella Celi and Nepean MP Chris Brayne to break ground for the $42 million centre.

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Port Pirie Sports Precinct Opening May 2, 2019

Peddle Thorp Architects Socrati Seretis attended the opening of the Port Pirie Regional Council's $25 million sport hub.

Socrati Seretis, who designed the Aquatic and Leisure Centre, attended the opening by South Australian Governor Hieu Van Le.

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Plans for a state-of-the-art $100 million water park in Melbourne’s south east have been unveiled April 1, 2019

The proposed Wild Water Park, to be built at Dingley Village in Melbourne’s south-east, will be the biggest in Australia and is expected to attract more than a million visitors annually.

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End of trip for 8 Exhibition Street March 25, 2019

End of trip facilities used to be buzz word in the architectural industry, but as more people are taking the green alternative of cycling and running to work.

End of trip facilities are designated places that support cyclists, joggers and walkers in using alternative ways to travel to work rather than driving or taking public transport.

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New Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre Elegant Contemporary Building with Geothermal Edge March 24, 2019

The new Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre will be an elegant contemporary building according to its architects Peddle Thorp.

Design director Peter Brook said it would be community pool.

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Mentone Hotel Under Construction February 6, 2019

Construction is about to start on the historic Mentone Hotel which promises to be a highly successful blend of old and new.

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Wellbeing Precinct for Mentone Girls Grammar January 30, 2019

Students arriving at Mentone Girl’s Grammar School Wellbeing Precinct site will see a new well being precinct.

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