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Ugly ‘Altitude’ High Rise Apartments In Belconnen

By BlueChris 1 September 2012 58

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Is it just me or is anyone else horrified by the Altitude Apartments being constructed  between Chandler Street and Emu Bank in Belconnen? This monstrosity is an eye sore to say the least and it may not have reached it’s final height as yet.  There are a number of large buildings in the area such as the ATO, ABS and Oracle Apartments but they are no where near the height of Altitude – hence the name I guess. It just seems a shame that from which ever direction you approach the Belconnen Town Centre now this Ugly High Rise sticks out like a sore thumb.

Hindmarsh say:

‘The Altitude Apartments will be a pinnacle building in the Belconnen Town Centre with most apartments enjoying uninterrupted views of Lake Ginninderra and beyond.

A major feature of the development will be an 18 storey tower that will contain a total of 236 apartments. This will consist of a number of 1 & 2 bedroom plus several 3 bedroom penthouse apartments.

There will also be 2 other smaller scale buildings of 6 and 7 storeys containing a total of 111 apartments. The ground floors will feature a mix of commercial office, café/restaurant and retail spaces.

The development is located on the eastern side of the Belconnen Town Centre, between Chandler Street and Emu Bank.

Residents will enjoy direct access to the Lake Foreshore and Café precinct with only a short stroll to the Westfield Shopping Centre.’

Check out what the final building will look like at www.altitudeliving.com.au and construction pictures at Related Content on RiotACT ‘The view from Altitude‘.

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Sandman 10:24 pm 04 Sep 12

I find it interesting that a nice new high rise was the ugliest thing the OP could find in Belconnen.

Have you tried Specsavers?

poetix 7:41 pm 04 Sep 12

dpm said :

poetix said :

dpm said :

poetix said :

[They’ve made it look like Sydney Harbour, all deep and blue and beautiful.
Sigh.

It probably looks like that because of the pollution/dioxins.

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/2917562.htm
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/water-issues/harbour-spots-with-the-fish-you-should-reject-20101029-177ia.html
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/water-issues/after-rain-it-all-comes-out-in-the-wash-20110210-1aolk.html

Sigh…. 😉

Let me keep my feeble fantasies!

Actually, I’ve been more expecting you to comment on this:
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/quaint-rhymes-of-earlier-times-20120902-258hd.html

So what’s with the:
ev’ry
ev’ning’s
Fed’ral etc??

BTW, with your recent PhD and weightlifting revelations, I now kind-of imagine you as a female version of ‘Professor Werner von Brawn’ (a la The Simpsons!):
http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Professor_Werner_von_Brawn

Some of your online posts match the Professor’s style: ‘taunts the audience by kissing h[er spelling and grammar] muscles’ … Hahahaha!

Let us go then, you and I,
where Altitude is slapping at the sky,
like a muscle overflexed upon a table…

The elision of syllables is to indicate pronunciation. Without the elision, the reader might pronounce the word in a way that disrupted the rhyme and rhythm by adding another syllable to a line. I’ll try and find you something in Byron rather than that thing in The Canberra Times. Here’s something:

‘Wedded she was some years and to a man
Of fifty, and such husbands are in plenty;
And yet I think instead of such a one
‘Twere better to have two of five and twenty,
Especially in countries near the sun.
And now I think on’t, mi vien in mente,
Ladies even of the most uneasy virtue
Prefer a spouse whose age is short of thirty.’
(Don Juan)

Byron has clipped It were (‘Twere) and on it (on’t) to preserve the syllables and, therefore, the rhythm and rhyme. (By the way, mi vien in mente is, I think, it comes to mind. Byron would have it pronounced to match the rhyme in English.)

There’s an awful lot to be said for free verse, unless you’re a genius like George. Many people have really clunky rhymes which show the effort a bit too much.

That concludes the lecture!

As to the good Professor, I don’t think he spends as much time at the gym trying not to vomit as I do.

plumtree 5:12 pm 04 Sep 12

plumtree said :

And at only $450 rent a week for a one bedroom unit.

Is that really how much they will be leased for? That’s appalling. Is that typical rent for an apartment like that? (Please excuse my ignorance.)
214/60 College Street (NEW) $400-$405 1 Unit Residential
134/64 College Street Camera Icon x 5 $450 1 Apartment Residential Furnished
I was only guessing the prices of rental in the new place.
no ignorance intended or taken. @_@

Mr Waffle 4:28 pm 04 Sep 12

I’m amused that the picture still features the end of the lake past the foot bridge; it’s all filled in and full of construction work now.

arescarti42 3:58 pm 04 Sep 12

basketcase said :

banco said :

I’d like to know who’s going to buy all these apartments that are going up?

Ah yes, the eternal question, I remember the days when Watson/Downer were being built. Who on earth would want to live *that* far out of town, what a joke!

Then came the 1970s, I drove past Giralang, where are all the people going to come from?

The difference of course is that through the 1960s and 1970s Canberra averaged around 7% population growth annually. It is now about 1.7%.

banco said :

I’d like to know who’s going to buy all these apartments that are going up? There must be half a dozen large apartment developments in Belconnen alone. The spivs (also known as property developers) may be in for a rude shock with the public service cuts and the falling iron ore price.

I’m wondering the same thing. At population growth of about 1.7%, on a population of ~360k people, with 2.6 people per dwelling, we need to be building around 2400 dwellings (houses and units) each year to keep up with population growth. According to the ACT Economic Development Directorate, we’ve had 2 consecutive years of unit approvals above 2500 (i.e. not including houses), and they expect another 10,500 units to be delivered by 2014. That reeks of oversupply to me.

dpm 11:24 am 04 Sep 12

poetix said :

dpm said :

poetix said :

[They’ve made it look like Sydney Harbour, all deep and blue and beautiful.
Sigh.

It probably looks like that because of the pollution/dioxins.

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/2917562.htm
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/water-issues/harbour-spots-with-the-fish-you-should-reject-20101029-177ia.html
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/water-issues/after-rain-it-all-comes-out-in-the-wash-20110210-1aolk.html

Sigh…. 😉

Let me keep my feeble fantasies!

Actually, I’ve been more expecting you to comment on this:
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/quaint-rhymes-of-earlier-times-20120902-258hd.html

So what’s with the:
ev’ry
ev’ning’s
Fed’ral etc??

BTW, with your recent PhD and weightlifting revelations, I now kind-of imagine you as a female version of ‘Professor Werner von Brawn’ (a la The Simpsons!):
http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Professor_Werner_von_Brawn

Some of your online posts match the Professor’s style: ‘taunts the audience by kissing h[er spelling and grammar] muscles’ … Hahahaha!

poetix 10:48 am 04 Sep 12

dpm said :

poetix said :

[They’ve made it look like Sydney Harbour, all deep and blue and beautiful.
Sigh.

It probably looks like that because of the pollution/dioxins.

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/2917562.htm
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/water-issues/harbour-spots-with-the-fish-you-should-reject-20101029-177ia.html
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/water-issues/after-rain-it-all-comes-out-in-the-wash-20110210-1aolk.html

Sigh…. 😉

Let me keep my feeble fantasies!

dpm 9:28 am 04 Sep 12
GuruJ 12:00 am 04 Sep 12

Glad to see that the NIMBYs are getting some pushback 🙂

I like having apartments in the town centre. I think the extra residents will improve the quality and number of restaurants and other types of entertainment in Belco so I’m all for them!!

For risible’s benefit, one of the reasons that ACTPLA recommended a limit of 18 storeys was that it minimised the number of hours of reduced sunlight if you were walking along the Lake Ginninderra lakeshore. There’s a bit of overhang over the skate park after 4pm but nothing too major.

AsparagusSyndrome 9:41 pm 03 Sep 12

poetix said :

johnboy said :

farq said :

Why is the lake blue in that picture?

Everyone knows that Lake G is brown and smelly.

If you look at the sky you’ll not ethe blues have had some work all around.

They’ve made it look like Sydney Harbour, all deep and blue and beautiful.

Sigh.

It’s a well known problem that real estate agents fill rivers and lakes full of copper sulphate before photographing them for images like this. They also burn floating tee-pees and ship the homeless out to other suburbs. And they use weather control technology to evaporate the clouds and GM technology to make the trees greener. Although I’ve also heard rumours that they can alter the images slightly using computers too, but that clearly hasn’t happened in this image, because there’s no comforting warm roaring fire to be seen.

poetix 8:45 pm 03 Sep 12

johnboy said :

farq said :

Why is the lake blue in that picture?

Everyone knows that Lake G is brown and smelly.

If you look at the sky you’ll not ethe blues have had some work all around.

They’ve made it look like Sydney Harbour, all deep and blue and beautiful.

Sigh.

CanberraBred 6:04 pm 03 Sep 12

Have I missed something here? The picture looks fine, the apartment block doesn’t stand out, it actually has pretty nice proportions.

As a Belconnen local, I think these high rise developments are really positive. It will be fantastic to have more people in the town centre at night and on the weekends. And more international students = more diversity = more awesome food. Bring it on!

milkman 4:10 pm 03 Sep 12

EvanJames said :

johnboy said :

And yet the most desirable addresses in Australia also have the highest density housing.

Vaucluse, Toorak and Mugga Way?

There’s lots of people living there, but the actually desirable addresses are generally standalone dwellings.

EvanJames 2:06 pm 03 Sep 12

johnboy said :

And yet the most desirable addresses in Australia also have the highest density housing.

Vaucluse, Toorak and Mugga Way?

johnboy 12:39 pm 03 Sep 12

farq said :

Why is the lake blue in that picture?

Everyone knows that Lake G is brown and smelly.

If you look at the sky you’ll not ethe blues have had some work all around.

farq 12:34 pm 03 Sep 12

Why is the lake blue in that picture?

Everyone knows that Lake G is brown and smelly.

Kerryhemsley 11:47 am 03 Sep 12

“And yet the most desirable addresses in Australia also have the highest density housing.”

You make a good point Johnboy. I doubt that Belco will ever have the real estate pulling power that inner city Melbourne and Sydney have however.

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