Zaha Hadid Architects Australian high-rise approved by planning authorities

A major new project by Zaha Hadid Architects has been given the green light by state and  city planners in Melbourne, Australia.

Located on the Western boundary of Melbourne’s Central Business District it is officially called 600 Collins Street.

With 420 apartments, offices, retail and public spaces, the 54-storey and 178m tall design has evolved from the city’s distinct urban fabric, say its designers.. A colonnade of sculptural curved columns on the Collins Street façade embodies the traditions inherent within the finest examples of historic architecture in Melbourne.

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“The design has been defined by Melbourne’s rich and diverse urban landscape, reinterpreted in a contemporary solution driven by the logical division of its overall volume that will enhance the city’s public realm with generous communal spaces,” said Zaha Hadid Architects’ Michele Pasca di Magliano.

“We are honoured to be working with our partners in Melbourne to deliver this project for the city.”

The arrangement of the 70,000m2 tower takes inspiration from its mixed-use programme, converting the building’s overall volume into a series of smaller stacked vases. In addition to housing a different programmatic element, each vase gently tapers inwards to create new civic spaces for the city including a public plaza, terraces and new link for pedestrians to access Southern Cross railway station and the tram network.

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Backing the project are influential members of the state government including Planning Minister Richard Wynne who said, “It’s pleasing to see a project of this quality proposed for Melbourne and see a strong architectural response within the framework of the interim controls.”

His departmental colleague and fellow minister Jill Hennessy said: “This stand-out design will enhance the city’s skyline.”

Vanessa Bird, Victorian president of the Australian Institute of Architects, told local media that the tower was expected to become a new visitor drawcard for Melbourne.

“The drawing power and attraction of good design has a huge value to the economy,” she explained.

Designed to use 50 percent less energy than a conventional mixed-use tower, this façade contributes to a reduction in the direct solar gain of the building and emissions.

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A high-performance glazing system, high-efficiency central cooling, high-efficiency lighting and grey-water reuse systems will reduce consumption of resources and further lower the emissions. 350 bicycle parking spaces and bays for electric vehicles and shared car clubs are included within the design. The project’s approval is supported by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, City of Melbourne and Office of Victorian Government Architect.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne said, “It’s pleasing to see a project of this quality proposed for Melbourne and see a strong architectural response within the framework of the interim controls.”

Acting Minister for Planning Jill Hennessy said in a statement, “this stand-out design will enhance the city’s skyline.”

“This is an inspired project that will enrich the city, creating a new public plaza and amenities as well as improve connectivity for all pedestrians,” said a spokeswoman for developers Landream,.

“We are proud to be delivering Zaha Hadid’s design for Melbourne and will continue to work closely with her team to make it a reality.”

Project Team

Architecture: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)

Design: Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher ZHA Director: Gianluca Racana

ZHA Project Director: Michele Pasca di Magliano

ZHA Project Architect: Juan Camilo Mogollon

ZHA Project Team: Johannes Elias, Hee Seung Lee, Cristina Capanna, Sam Mcheileh, Luca Ruggeri, Nhan Vo, Michael Rogers, Gaganjit Singh, Julia Hyoun Hee Na, Massimo Napoleoni, Ashwanth Govindaraji, Maria Tsironi, Kostantinos Psomas, Marius Cernica, Veronica Erspamer, Cyril Manyara, Megan Burke, Ahmed Hassan, Effie Kuan

Local Architect: PLUS Architecture

Structural Engineering: Robert Bird Group

Building Services Engineering and Sustainability: ADP Consulting

Planning Consultant: URBIS

Quantity Surveyor: WT Partnership

Facade Consultant: AURECON

Landscape Designer: OCULUS

Wind Engineering: MEL Consultants

Traffic Engineer: RATIO

Building Surveyor: PLP

Fire Engineer: OMNII

Waste Management: Leigh Design

Pedestrian Modelling: ARUP

Acoustics: Acoustic Logic

Land Surveyor: Bosco Jonson

Visualisations: VA

 

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