Residential Melbourne tower incorporates glass façade, sky terraces and intricate feature crown

  • Location:

    9 - 23 Mackenzie Street, Melbourne

  • Construction duration:

    25 months

  • Completion date:

    September 2018

  • Client:

    UEM Sunrise

  • Architect:

    COX Architects

  • Project manager:

    PDS Group

  • Structural and civil engineer:


  • Building services engineer:

    Umow Lai

  • No. apartments:


  • No. building levels:


Conservatory is a 42 level residential tower for Malaysian Developers UEM Sunrise, overlooking the city, Carlton Gardens and Melbourne’s historic Exhibition Building. Comprising 446 one, two, three bedroom and penthouse apartments over a 7 level podium, the development features a unique glass façade with feature crown, punctuated by angulated fin details and terraced gardens.

The extensive common areas also include a lap pool and sundeck, gymnasium, sauna and steam rooms, royal banquet room, entertainment deck, jacuzzi, golf simulator and private residents’ cinema.


  • Project construction serviced by 2 tower cranes and a twin man/materials hoist.
  • Cost efficiencies delivered in tender phase throughout all trades and services whilst still achieving design intent.
  • Short procurement window from contract award to construction start, requiring careful planning, particularly in relation to the complex curved façade and crown (condensed period to confirm concept design, shop drawings, sample approvals, fabrication and delivery).
  • Optimised design of the feature façade fins resulting in material reduction of over 50% and lowering operational energy consumption by 20,000 watts.
  • Over 25,000 historical artefacts were uncovered during excavation, most dating back to the earliest days of Melbourne’s settlement. Hickory worked with archaeologists to excavate the items and the design team to incorporate some artefacts into a permanent display in the residents lobby
  • 3 separable portions requiring detailed coordination and planning around shared access.