Zaha Hadid proposes stacked skyscraper for Melbourne

Zaha Hadid Architects is working alongside Australasian firm Plus Architecture and local developers Landream on the project(Credit: ZHA)

Following its Grace on Coronation and Gold Coast projects, Zaha Hadid Architects has proposed a third new skyscraper for Australia. Assuming it gets the green light, 582-606 Collins Street will rise 54 floors in Melbourne, Victoria, and include luxury apartments plus office and retail spaces.

Based in central Melbourne, 582-606 Collins Street boasts an interesting and attractive tower design that comprises several volumes likened by the architects to stacked vases. The tower does look rather crowded by the surrounding buildings, but it's difficult to judge how well it would take its place from the sole render available.

The aim is to use 50 percent less energy than a typical mixed-use tower. Finer details are lacking at this stage, but we do know that the tower's ornate facade will reduce solar heat gain, while high-performance glazing and cooling systems along with a grey-water recycling system are also planned. In addition, the proposal calls for 350 bicycle parking spaces and electric vehicle bays.

The Australian Financial Review reports that 582-606 Collins Street has a budget of AUD$300 million (roughly $217 million), and would include 420 luxury apartments, 11,000 sq m (118,403 sq ft) of retail space and 5,600 sq m (60,277 sq ft) of office space. A large outdoor terrace is also clearly visible on the tower's render.

In addition to the tower proper, a large public plaza and new pedestrian route is planned, while connectivity to nearby rail and tram links are to be improved.

ZHA is collaborating with Australasian firm Plus Architecture on the project, and it is being developed by Landream. A planning application was recently submitted.

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