Beulah & Multiplex Unveil Paragon – Australia’s First Indoor Forest and Vertical Solar Panels


Image source: Willem-Dirk du Toit

Multiplex has delivered developer Beulah’s first CBD tower, Paragon, home to Australia’s first indoor forest and Australia’s largest vertical installation of solar panels.

Transforming the notion of traditional apartment living, the 48-level luxury residential tower at 318 Queen Street is home to 227 apartments, designed by Fender Katsalidis to limit density per floor, ensuring almost all residents are afforded a prized corner vista overlooking Melbourne’s famed streetscape below.

The building’s drawcard, an indoor forest set across three storeys, forms a green escape from the urban hustle, featuring a carefully composed selection of mature trees, leafy canopies, climbing gardens, grassy spaces and water features, designed by internationally acclaimed landscaper Paul Bangay.

Providing an array of resident amenities, a series of formal and relaxed zones blur the line between public and private domain, bestowing an exclusive entertainer’s club to hold meetings, private dinners, cocktail parties and functions. There is also a library, private theatre and screening lounge, resort style pool, gym, spa and sauna, all located next to the indoor forest.

Residents will also benefit from the implementation of 128 vertical solar panels, spanning 158-square-metres, said to be the largest of its kind in Australia.

The original building’s heritage façade has been maintained, complemented by distinctive blue and champagne gold glass.

Beulah Executive Director Adelene Teh said the completion of Paragon was a momentous milestone to have reached.

“Paragon is home to a number of boundary pushing design elements, some of which are the first of their kind; being able to deliver on these is an exciting achievement as it lifts the bar of what is expected when it comes to residential living in Melbourne.”

Graham Cottam, Regional Managing Director of Multiplex Victoria said the team is thrilled to deliver this luxury residential tower and add a striking new landmark to Melbourne’s skyline.

“It’s been wonderful to work on such a history rich site and preserve a significant part of the city’s history,” he said.

Paragon has achieved a 5 Star Greenstar rating, with ESD features including a rainwater harvesting system, the largest vertical installation of photovoltaic solar panels in Australia, and shared e-bikes for residents. Paragon also boasts a perfect 100 walk store.

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