Changing the face of Southbank’s promenade: Introducing 88 Melbourne

Market Insights
8 years ago
3 minutes

Sure, suburban life has its perks with its laid-back lifestyle and village-culture.

But there’s something to be said for city-living; a life among Melbourne’s glistening skyscrapers, with the buzzing culture of an entire CBD on your doorstep.

Perhaps this helps explain why empty-nesters are packing up shop in their leafy surrounds and relocating, keen to set up a new life in Melbourne’s vibrant CBD.

’88 Melbourne’ is a new development nestled in the heart of the thriving Southbank precinct, set to transform the Melbourne skyline and redefine luxurious living.

Designed by Rothelowman, the exterior is inspired by the Japanese art of origami and hand-crafted jewellery, and will literally light up the night sky with an integrated light installation currently pending approval.

It it gets the green light, 88 Melbourne will shimmer in the day time and sparkle in the evening with thousands of lights interspersed throughout the three-dimensional, diamond-patterned facade.


The $100 million dollar project will feature 219 apartments across 55 storeys, with a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments.

It will also contain two full-floor penthouses which measure to be double the size of a family home.

Lucas Gannetti, Sales Manager for 88 Melbourne, says it will cater for those looking to upgrade their lifestyle.

“Even though there are 219 apartments, 88 Melbourne is a boutique building compared to the other, surrounding apartment complexes,” he explains.

“There is an average of five apartments per floor, and the internal sizes of the apartments are larger than average.”

Keeping in line with the premium theme, 88 Melbourne is the first Victorian development to come with hand-crafted SubZero and Wolf kitchen appliances, a brand preferred by international leading chefs Nigella Lawson, Heston Blumenthal and Jamie Oliver.

With interior designers KPDO at the helm, every aspect has been considered and catered for.

The interiors are inspired by the sophistication of Europe’s hotels, and feature a range of textural finishes to help achieve a soft, luxury feel, with a dash of masculinity.


“The finish is very high quality. The kitchen comes with a granite bench top, and only the highest quality in the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms,” Mr Giannotti says.

And like any good development, it will often feel like there’s little need to leave the front door, with a range of amenities designed to make your life easier, and more enjoyable.

Level eight is a dedicated leisure centre, with a lap pool, spa, sauna and steam-room.

However, it’s the little touches that transform a good development into a premium one.

88 Melbourne will also feature a private wine cellar with a tasting area and bar.

While a private outdoor terrace will come with seating, barbecue facilities, a private dining room with a catering kitchen, and plenty of greenery for a dose of nature.

And, of course, the location is second-to-none, with Melbourne’s best restaurants within walking distance, as well as entertainment options at the Arts Centre and theatres in the CBD, and plenty of public transport options.


Given the proximity, a car will hardly be necessary, but despite this, 88 Melbourne will contain almost 200 car spaces.

“Southbank has undergone a huge rejuvenation in the last five or so years,” Mr Giannotti says.

“It’s now the place to be for downsizers and owner-occupiers, and I think that’s how 88 Melbourne has positioned itself. A lot of people are interested in the design and the finish and they are happy to be offered an alternate in the area.”

For more information about 88 Melbourne, click here.