Merging innovative design with adaptive living and opportunity SMA Projects present 24 Chapel Street Windsor.

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24 Chapel Street thinks differently about building now for Melbourne’s future. From the first ideas about transforming air over a rail precinct into remarkable living spaces, and through each stage of engineering and architectural reinvention – it commands new expectations.

Finding its place in one of Melbourne’s most iconic neighbourhoods. 24 Chapel Street was always set to present remarkable project challenges with respect to building over rail. Through adaptive floor planning, intelligent building design and the highest environmentally sustainable standards, we now present a building as exceptional in function as it is in architectural form.

Strategically positioned at the southern gateway to Chapel Street adjacent to the Windsor train station, the building combines life with work and play transforming what is currently airspace into a vibrant destination.

Together with our partners VicTrack, who specialise in transport-orientated development, SMA Projects lead the way to deliver an entirely new type of building playing a pivotal role in the future growth of urban Melbourne. 24 Chapel Street unlocks the potential for other underutilised airspace sites to be transformed into leading-edge, mixed-use buildings paving the way for the State to unlock value for Victorian’s in progressive and connected neighbourhoods.

To meet the complex demands of developing a twenty-storey building over an active rail corridor the proposed development considers all aspects of challenging engineering, to deliver an architecturally excellent building that celebrates its place.

The result is an elaborate exoskeleton structure integrated with vertical landscaping and solar capturing mechanisms attributing to a ‘net-zero’ energy target. The distinctive architectural response has been designed by widely renowned practice, JCB Architects.

Over fifteen levels of residential living and five levels of retail, commercial and car parking, 24 Chapel Street brings one of Melbourne’s fastest growing suburbs the newest ideas about building for the future – delivering best practice standards in all aspects of the project.

The development:

  • Celebrates and improves the site while meeting the technical and engineering challenges of the unique location.
  • Engages with highly skilled robotic engineers to design a car parking solution with the ability to be located above an active rail line.
  • Establishes a new benchmark for sustainable design in Melbourne.
  • Provides internal adaptability to be celebrated by future generations.
  • Integrates a tall building on a small site while remaining sympathetic to the fine grain nature of the area it surrounds.
Project Specifics
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Community Benefit

  • Open ground floor retail space
  • Shared office space

The building has been designed in line with state and local planning policies with the surrounding community in mind. SMA Projects agree that developments should incorporate a variety of uses which is why 24 Chapel Street includes an open commercial space on the ground floor with a forecourt opening to Chapel Street and a complete view through to the rail corridor. Extending the relationship with the energy of the surrounding precinct, an office incubator hub is proposed above the communal garden overlooking Chapel Street.

SMA Projects will be the first developer to undertake a residential project over active rail and enables responsive and intelligent solutions to Melbourne’s urban development needs.

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  • 10 Three Bedroom Apartments
  • 30 Two Bedroom Apartments
  • 5 One Bedroom Apartments

With only 45 apartments, they have been designed in alignment with the Victorian Government’s recent publication, Better Apartments. The spaces are generous in plan and range from one to three bedrooms in size (58m2 to 195m2). Liveability is a key value at the forefront of all SMA Project’s developments and each apartment at 24 Chapel Street enjoys corner aspects with useable balconies.

One-bedroom apartments can be vertically merged to create a 110m2 space. Similarly, three-bedroom apartments have the potential for future subdivision to create separate one and two bedroom homes.

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  • Constructing over an active rail line requiring complex engineering solutions

Celebrating and enhancing development of an air rights site whilst absorbing the technical and engineering challenges, SMA Projects are changing the way developers respond to Melbourne’s need for an additional 1.5 million dwellings over the next thirty-years.

At the forefront of challenges, 24 Chapel Street will be constructed spanning more than 17 metres over an active train line. SMA Projects are working closely with highly specialised engineering teams and Melbourne’s rail authorities to ensure that the design meets all requirements where it is interfacing with rail corridor.

Plan Melbourne and Infrastructure Victoria have outlined the importance of promoting transport orientated development and increased densities around existing infrastructure. Through the development of a highly innovative, ecologically sustainable, adaptive and intelligent building, 24 Chapel Street aims to set aside challenges and provide an example for the evolving needs for our City.

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Sustainable Design

  • 5-Star Apartment Green Star Rating
  • 7-Star NatHERs Rating
  • Target of ‘net-zero’ electrical energy requirement for apartments

24 Chapel Street embraces sustainability as an integral part of the building demanding reinvention and new expectation. With commitment to the globally recognised Green Star rating system and Australian NatHERs rating tool the building achieves best practice targets in each respect.

Emerging technology such as transparent solar panels, PV tiles and solar film are just some of next generation of products being explored to achieve a ‘net-zero’ apartment energy requirement.

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Urban Garden

  • Green facades to compliment unique industrial expression of the structure
  • Community Garden overlooking Chapel Street
  • Active screening through the use of vegetation

Having completed the award winning Windsor Plaza for the City of Stonnington and following their involvement in the vegetated façade at Sydney’s renowned and award winning One Central Park development, ASPECT Studios have been engaged to ensure that the green facades of 24 Chapel Street become a community asset through their vibrant visual amenity.

The community garden integrated into the first three levels of the building aims to provide further public benefit. Fronting Chapel Street, the system has the capacity to produce significant quantities of edible food plans, creating the potential for an urban ecological community of residents from 24 Chapel Street and elsewhere in Windsor.


24 Chapel St, Windsor, Vic 3181