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Sky pool among lavish perks at luxury 661 Chapel St development

05 April 2017

A SWIMMING pool will be cantilevered six levels above Chapel St for buyers who splash out at a swanky new South Yarra development.

Luxury 116-apartment project ‘661 Chapel St’ is aiming to draw in Melbourne’s empty-nesters with lavish communal facilities to rival their larger family homes.

The most jaw-dropping perk is a 25m lap pool that will overhang the building’s entrance with views to the adjacent heritage-listed Melbourne High School and Yarra River.

But a spa, gym, steam room, sauna, viewing deck, 2000-bottle cellar and library are other features sure to catch the eye of a cashed up older demographic.

Bird de la Couer co-founder and director Vanessa Bird, the project’s lead architect, said the development was designed “with the discerning downsizer in mind.”

“We have taken all the magnificence and tradition this buyer has become accustomed to in their elaborate family home, such as the library, wine cellar, fire place, private dining room, gymnasium, sun deck, winter garden, theatre, et cetera, and reappropriated them for vertical, apartment living,” she said.

“One of our favourite aspects is the double height library — an expression of majesty framed by a floor-to-ceiling window wall of glass and onyx which creates a light-filled space that not only impresses but soothes and calms with its natural richness and warm, golden light it emits.”​

The thirty-level complex will feature a mix of one, two, three and four bedroom apartments, ranging in price from $546,000 to $3.75 million.​

The pool will be suspended in the sky by a single concrete support beam.​

Hand laid blue cobblestones and art from Damien Hirst are other high-end details.​

Meanwhile, the apartments will feature Gaggenau appliances, natural stone finishes and custom hand-tufted carpets as standard.​

Construction is currently underway and is expected to be completed in early 2018.​