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Towering Triumph - Collins Arch

Collins Arch is about to create a new Melbourne landmark with its spectacular sky bridge, writes Scott Carbines.

A NEW Melbourne landmark is set to change the city skyline and bring an edge to the apartment market. 

The distinctive Collins Arch, which officially launched this month, will be defined  by a sky bridge 34 storeys high connecting its two towers.

It will also include 202 luxury  one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments across its highest levels, oriented to maximise panoramic views of the city.

Cbus Property chief executive Adrian Pozzo said the development at 447 Collins St was the most exciting project with a residential aspect to hit Melbourne since its tallest building arrived at Southbank.

"Not since Eureka Tower has there been such an opportunity for owner occupiers who want to enjoy the pinnacle  of apartment living in the world's most liveable city, but also the global recognition associated with an architectural destination,"  he said.

"Collins Arch offers a landmark opportunity  with an array of luxury apartments,  including those that maximise views of the Yarra River, a feature as iconic to Melbourne as the building itself." 

Melbourne-based architects Woods Bagot have collaborated with New York firm SHoP on the design.

There  will be 51 one-bedroom apartments spanning 50-8lsq m and priced from $500,000, providing an entry point for buyers at the Collins Arch.

But the majority of apartments, 109, will be two-bedroom, ranging from 88-l44sq m and priced from $900,000.

Another 39 apartments will have three bedrooms.  They will range from 135-283sq m and start at $1.5 million.

Three penthouses will complete the residences.

Interiors have been designed to evoke tranquillity and a sense of home.

Sleeping quarters  will be separated from living areas, and main bedroom suites in the top-end properties are notable for their sprawling space.

Kitchens will feature Miele appliances and a choice of light, medium and dark colour schemes.

Each apartment will have an island bench and three-bedroom  homes will have a butler's pantry.

Oak floors, brushed nickel tapware, pendant lights and stone splashbacks are other inclusions.

The sky bridge will be the first in Australia and will feature a pool with views to the city below.

Facilities will also include a gym, wine cellars, residents lounge and two private dining rooms with a catering kitchen which can be accessed by residents from the east and west towers. Sales are expected to start later this month and construction, which has just begun, is expected to be finished in late 2019.

The Collins Arch show apartment is at 459 Collins St and open by appointment only.

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