A Vertical Garden

A Vertical Garden: Design Competition for Australia’s tallest tower

A design competition for Australia’s tallest tower attracted
entries from all around the world. These included architects from China, Holland as well as Copenhagen.

The winning firm,’UNStudio,’ focused on combining green space within their design and in turn created a twisting, curvy skyscraper. The design includes two towers, connected through a mixed use public podium. The green spine of the building along with a wooden lattice effect, helped to create a natural aesthetic compared to that of a concrete jungle.

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A glance at what the Melbourne Skyline may look like when the ‘Green Spine’ is constructed

Named ‘Green Spine,’ the tallest of the two towers, 365m,
contains a public botanical garden on the top floor, while first few floors will host day cares, a library, a cinema complex as well as an auditorium.The slightly lower 252m tower will comprise of office space as well as hotel floors.

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The twisting curving spine of the proposed new towers

Adelene Teh, the Beulah international director, said that the design showed work of a strong collaborative team with multidisciplinary skills.

“In its details, the scheme displays a strong intent for well-considered public and private amenity, and at street level, the proposal displays qualities that will truly transform the public realm by eroding the hard edges that are prevalent in Southbank.”

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The base of the proposed two new towers

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