Paragon | Fender Katsalidis

Paragon | Fender Katsalidis | Photographer: Willem Dirk du Toit

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Paragon | Fender Katsalidis

Traditional Land Owners


Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
The Dimity Reed Melbourne Prize (VIC)
Willem-Dirk du Toit
Project summary

Paragon is a residential building on a prized corner of Melbourne’s CBD that tells a multi-layered narrative of the city’s past, present and future.

Built for metropolitan living, its design is about creating a sense of identity for the building and its residents by transforming a piece of the Melbourne cityscape into an urban sanctuary.

Incorporating the iconic facade of the former Melbourne Celtic Club, Paragon juxtaposes the old and the new, while capitalising on a small footprint within an elevated site.

Paragon’s slender profile with refined metal and glass surface treatment rises with the city skyline to make a striking visual statement and deliver a boutique living experience within a high-rise context.

Victorian Jury Presentation

“Beulah is thrilled with the outcome of its first CBD tower, Paragon. Fender Katsalidis’ forward-thinking design offers Melburnians a model of excellence for a refined metropolitan life.

Transforming the notion of traditional apartment living, the design allowed Beulah to offer sprawling low-density residences complemented by prized corner vistas.

Additionally, the first-of-its-kind urban forest encouraging a connection to nature, Australia’s largest vertical solar panel system, unprecedented amenity and perfect 100 walk score all contributed to remarkably high sales results within a short period, in addition to a strong settlement and move-in rate, especially during a tough time for the property industry.”

Project Practice Team

Christian Ong, Project Architect
Cliff Chang, Associate
Craig Baudin, Partner
Delu Pok, Design Architect
James Selleck, Graduate of Architecture
Nicky Drobis, Partner
Wayne King, Associate

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Acoustic Logic, Acoustic Consultant
ADP Consulting, Services Consultant
Ark Agency, ESD Consultant
Aurecon, Facade Engineer
Diadem, Wayfinding
Du Chateu Chun, Building Surveyor
JAZ Building Consultants, Accessibility Consultant
John Patrick, Landscape Consultant
Leigh Design, Waste
Lovell Chen, Heritage Consultant
Olsson Fire, Fire Engineer
Paul Bangay, Landscape Consultant
RBA Architects, Heritage Consultant
Robert Bird Group, Civil Consultant
Robert Bird Group, Structural Engineer
RWDI Consulting Engineers & Scientists, Wind
The AGL Group, Pool Consultant
Urbis, Town Planner

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Paragon | Fender Katsalidis | Photographer: Willem Dirk du Toit

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