Live, work and worship: Eporo Tower takes a unique spin on mixed-use design

The iconic glass façade of Eporo Tower vies for the spotlight amongst its many counterparts on the Melbourne CBD skyline.  But up close, it’s more than just your typical high rise. 

Ushering in a new era in mixed-use design trends, the glazed 43-level tower uniquely blends spiritual, residential and commercial. The landmark building for the Coptic Church comprises 307 residential apartments above a 12-storey “jewel box” podium which houses three levels of modern worship spaces, function rooms and administration offices, ground level retail and cafes and seven levels of residential car parking. 

“Eporo Tower is a great example of how traditional mixed-use architecture is evolving,” said Project Architect Hugh Song. 

“The typical residential/retail model is giving way to a more diverse mix of uses, and the church /residential mix is uniquely complementary. Residents get a sense of security living above a church, the church gains an instant community atmosphere, and both benefit from having prime CBD offerings on their doorstep.” 

The Buchan Group’s design for the tower reflects the ancient church’s desire to move with the times whilst retaining the Coptic theology. Modernism and tradition are moulded into one with a combination of contemporary architecture and classic detailing.  Features include six five metre high stained glass windows on the podium and a Coptic Cross geometric pattern adorning the glass cladding of the tower. 

“Architecturally, Eporo’s mix creates something really special, blending the structured lines of a skyscraper with the craftsmanship of the church and creating a stunning and iconic landmark for Melbourne,” said Hugh. 

Atop the worship spaces, the residential floors create a striking distinction with the glass clad curving facade and contemporary interiors designed for city living. If residents aren’t relaxing in their living rooms enjoying CBD views through the floor-to-ceiling glass panels, they might be found entertaining friends in the exclusive Residents’ Lounge on Level 11.  Designed with bold lines and timeless contrasting tones and textures, the lounge offers a relaxed environment to whip up dinner in the kitchen and dining area, kick back and watch a movie in the cinema space, or step out to the terrace to enjoy a few steaks on the barbeque and soak up those city vistas. 

Completed in late 2017, Eporo Tower has offered up the city’s first ‘churchscraper,’ and just a taste of what the future of mixed-use has in store.