Ugly ‘Altitude’ High Rise Apartments In Belconnen

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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JohnK JohnK 10:08 am 03 Sep 12

voytek3 said :

…that sky plaza in Woden is an even bigger eye sore. That building is horrific.

Since Sky Plaza went up, at least the developer can be sure this new highrise in Belco won’t be the single worst built, worst architected, and hands-down ugliest piece of crapola that ever saw the light of day. Sky Plaza is so bad when you’re facing away from it the howling cyclonic winds it generates can blow you over.

EvanJames EvanJames 9:53 am 03 Sep 12

I don’t accept that very rapid growth is inevitable, or a good thing. It’s being artificially created, and the only people who are benefitting are those who can sell things to the increasing population. The rest of us get to endure high housing prices, low-quality housing, congestion and a lower quality of life.

    johnboy johnboy 10:01 am 03 Sep 12

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

Keijidosha Keijidosha 9:26 am 03 Sep 12

Is it just me or is anyone else horrified by the Altitude Apartments being constructed between Chandler Street and Emu Bank in Belconnen?

Belconnen has an abundance of hideous apartment complexes. Netanya, Miramar, Waterside, and the catastrophically ugly development between Luxton and Beissel Streets to name the main offenders. By comparison Altitude looks pretty good. The tower part could almost be considered stylish.

As others have pointed out though, future development in the area will ensure that Altitude doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb for long.

kevin22 kevin22 9:12 am 03 Sep 12

risible said :

Tall buildings steal our sun in winter when we need it. The affluent can afford to buy penthouses with a view over the lake. The rest of us shiver through the shadow as we walk by.

harden up mate, no body get their lazy arse outside to enjoy the sun anyway, so it doesn’t make any differences.

risible risible 8:45 am 03 Sep 12

Tall buildings steal our sun in winter when we need it. The affluent can afford to buy penthouses with a view over the lake. The rest of us shiver through the shadow as we walk by.

rosscoact rosscoact 8:33 am 03 Sep 12

poetix said :

Pork Hunt said :

I’m in the lift game so reach for the sky I reckon.

What sort of altitude is that?

Yes, it did not go un-noticed 🙂

milkman milkman 8:15 am 03 Sep 12

poetix said :

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.)

Yep, and it’s only going to rise (no pun intended).

ma7trlb ma7trlb 8:14 am 03 Sep 12

I quite like that artists impression – I think the scale fits quite nicely (maybe because of the elevation difference to Oracle/Cameron Offices and a touch of perspective) . We need to accept that if high-rises are a part of Canberra life in the early 21st century, then they might as well be in the most suitable place – ie near central infrastructure and town centres. The amount of apartment blocks being built miles away from amenities is what really galls me. Why does Flemington Road need to be flanked by 3-4 storey monoblock minitowers?

Hopefully this capitalises on, and pushes the Lake Ginninderra rejuvenation further.

poetix poetix 10:34 pm 02 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.)

Dacquiri Dacquiri 10:26 pm 02 Sep 12

Re the high-rise wind factor: We went along to Westfield’s presentation at the last Belco Community Council meeting and the architect (who could hardly contain himself describing these magnificent visions) explained that the proposed design for their apartment blocks (yes, looks like lots more concrete) will minimise wind problems since they will ‘articulate’ the outter surface areas to minimise smooth, unbroken surfaces. So there. And as for the question of who will buy all these little apartments, the convention wisdom is: ‘parents of Chinese uni students’.

plumtree plumtree 10:15 pm 02 Sep 12

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

SnapperJack SnapperJack 5:51 pm 02 Sep 12

So Belco now has its own Sky Plaza.

milkman milkman 4:03 pm 02 Sep 12

Truthiness said :

they’ll be bought up as investment properties for boomers and then rented out to the lost generation, further entrenching the debt cycle.

No, they’ll be bought by Gen X, some for investment, some for owner-occupiers. It’s getting a bit late for boomers to be buying property. The ones who are property investors have already owned for quite some time.

If I was nearing retirement, I wouldn’t be too keen on property as a major investment right now.

That said, rents will be expensive, and will continue to climb.

basketcase basketcase 3:11 pm 02 Sep 12

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?

Then I heard the phrase, “build a road and they will come” and now I no longer ask.

Remember that Kambah was to be the last suburb, that’s why they made it so big. Ha ha.

Don’t worry about public service cuts, that’s always an illusion, (election time speak)

Don’t worry about iron ore prices, the market will sort that out.

Truthiness Truthiness 2:47 pm 02 Sep 12

they’ll be bought up as investment properties for boomers and then rented out to the lost generation, further entrenching the debt cycle.

banco banco 2:04 pm 02 Sep 12

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.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:13 pm 02 Sep 12

Looking at some of the other buildings in the supplied shot it looks to me as though the Altitude Apartments will do an acceptable job of improving the architectural sights in the Belconnen Town Centre.

Although, as you can see, that’s not a difficult task.

Martlark Martlark 9:52 pm 01 Sep 12

Ugly and Belconnen go hand in hand.

EBrowne EBrowne 9:10 pm 01 Sep 12

Let’s have more high rise in all the town centres to increase the population density. It is good for the environment, public transport and night life.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 8:20 pm 01 Sep 12

Lol @ nimbys

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