Piccolo House

Wood Marsh
Programa2021-09-23
Piccolo House
Programa2021-09-23

Designed by Wood Marsh Architecture, Piccolo House is a new headquarters and benchmark development by Piccolo.

The collaborative relationship established between architect and developer represents their mutual respect and shared philosophies - quality, boldness and refinement.

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Emerging from its heritage legacy below, Piccolo House is spurred by its contextual considerations. Sheathed in an ordered monolith of off-form concrete, precision cut-outs are subtly angled to reveal coloured reflective glass elements that reinterpret the autumnal tones of the brickwork in the neighbouring laneway. Akin to a block of stone being carved into, the mass references the lintel as a symbol of strength providing the structural framework for the building.

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As one multi-use building, the development encompasses retail, hospitality, commercial and luxury multi-residential into one unified concept. Its unique island site allows the architecture to be expressed on all sides. The original Victorian terrace building addressing Dorcas Street has been restored and reinstated as an active commerce centre contributing to the streetscape and connecting with the neighbourhood, whilst housing private tenancies within.

The Charles Street laneway references Richard Giblett’s paintings on the contemporary metropolis and reinterprets it into physical urban art using the materiality of Corten and various shades of steel. By night this intervention becomes illuminated, drawing similar ideas to the artwork of Dan Flavin, by painting the street surface with light. The illumination of Charles Street also creates a sense of safety through passive surveillance.

The architecture and interior experiences are inherently connected. Entry into the building occurs via John Street where mirrored glass and blackened metal elevate the sense of arrival. The Lobby interior mimics its colourful exterior with autumnal tones of mirrored glass. Above sits four levels of well-crafted one and two-bedroom apartments, offering clear views of Melbourne’s urban skyline.

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Welcome to Piccolo House, a remarkable architectural feat designed by Wood Marsh Architecture. As a flagship project by Piccolo, this development redefines the essence of modernity and sophistication.

Situated at the nexus of heritage and innovation, Piccolo House stands as a testament to the collaborative vision between architect and developer. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, its exterior facade of off-form concrete showcases precision cut-outs, revealing vibrant reflective glass elements that harmonize with the surrounding urban landscape.

This multi-use marvel seamlessly integrates retail, hospitality, commercial, and luxury residential spaces, epitomizing a unified approach to contemporary living. From the meticulously restored Victorian terrace building on Dorcas Street to the captivating urban artistry of the Charles Street laneway, every facet of Piccolo House embodies a celebration of art, culture, and community.

Step inside, and you'll be greeted by an interior that mirrors the building's vibrant exterior. Mirrored glass and blackened metal accents elevate the sense of arrival, while the Lobby's warm autumnal tones invite exploration. Above, meticulously crafted apartments offer panoramic views of Melbourne's dynamic skyline, providing residents with an unparalleled urban living experience.

Discover the intersection of heritage and modernity at Piccolo House, where architectural innovation meets timeless elegance.