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Architecture's finest compete to design Australia’s tallest tower

Architecture's finest compete ...
The Urban Tree, by MAD Architects and Elenberg Fraser, is one of the six skyscrapers proposed for Melbourne
The Urban Tree, by MAD Architects and Elenberg Fraser, is one of the six skyscrapers proposed for Melbourne
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The Lanescraper is designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and Fender Katsalidis Architects
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The Lanescraper is designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and Fender Katsalidis Architects
The Lanescraper would include a two-tiered auditorium with a capacity in excess of 3,000
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The Lanescraper would include a two-tiered auditorium with a capacity in excess of 3,000
The Lanescraper would reach a height of 359.6 m (1,179 ft)
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The Lanescraper would reach a height of 359.6 m (1,179 ft)
The Beulah Propeller City is designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au and Architectus
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The Beulah Propeller City is designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au and Architectus
The Beulah Propeller City consists of four main parts: a public podium, office space, hotel space, and apartments
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The Beulah Propeller City consists of four main parts: a public podium, office space, hotel space, and apartments
The Beulah Propeller City would reach 335 m (1,100 ft) in height
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The Beulah Propeller City would reach 335 m (1,100 ft) in height
The Beulah Propeller City would be topped by a penthouse offering a private garden and pool, as well as fantastic views of Melbourne
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The Beulah Propeller City would be topped by a penthouse offering a private garden and pool, as well as fantastic views of Melbourne
The Urban Tree is designed by MAD Architects and Elenberg Fraser 
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The Urban Tree is designed by MAD Architects and Elenberg Fraser 
The Urban Tree would rise to a total of 360 m (1,181 ft)
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The Urban Tree would rise to a total of 360 m (1,181 ft)
The Urban Tree would rise to a total of 360 m (1,181 ft) and feature some kind of platform called "The Cloud," at the top, which would house the hotel's public amenities and change appearance with LEDs
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The Urban Tree would rise to a total of 360 m (1,181 ft) and feature some kind of platform called "The Cloud," at the top, which would house the hotel's public amenities and change appearance with LEDs
The Urban Tree, by MAD Architects and Elenberg Fraser, is one of the six skyscrapers proposed for Melbourne
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The Urban Tree, by MAD Architects and Elenberg Fraser, is one of the six skyscrapers proposed for Melbourne
Stack is designed by MVRDV and Woods Bagot 
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Stack is designed by MVRDV and Woods Bagot 
Stack would rise to 359 m (1,177 ft) 
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Stack would rise to 359 m (1,177 ft) 
Stack would include parks, retail facilities, residential areas, and hotels
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Stack would include parks, retail facilities, residential areas, and hotels
Stack would boast lots of amenities and large spaces for relaxation
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Stack would boast lots of amenities and large spaces for relaxation
This unnamed project is designed by OMA and Conrad Gargett 
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This unnamed project is designed by OMA and Conrad Gargett 
OMA and Conrad Gargett's project would  would include a ground-floor market that draws inspiration from local historic arcades and vaulted markets
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OMA and Conrad Gargett's project would  would include a ground-floor market that draws inspiration from local historic arcades and vaulted markets
Southbank by Beulah will integrate significant greenery on its twisting facades, including rooftop gardens
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Southbank by Beulah will integrate significant greenery on its twisting facades, including rooftop gardens
Melbourne's Southbank by Beulah project is designed by Netherlands-based UNStudio and local firm Cox Architecture
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Melbourne's Southbank by Beulah project is designed by Netherlands-based UNStudio and local firm Cox Architecture
The Green Spine's larger tower would reach 356.2 m (1,168 ft), while the smaller one would measure 252.2 m (827 ft)-tall
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The Green Spine's larger tower would reach 356.2 m (1,168 ft), while the smaller one would measure 252.2 m (827 ft)-tall
The Green Spine would boast a publicly accessible Botanic Garden at the top of the taller tower
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The Green Spine would boast a publicly accessible Botanic Garden at the top of the taller tower
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Some of architecture's biggest names are vying to lead a new mixed-use skyscraper development on a prominent site in Melbourne, Australia. From twisting greenery-covered towers to an "illuminated cloud," the six designs for Southbank by Beulah show the firms letting their imaginations run wild. Furthermore, most of the designs show towers that would become Australia's new tallest skyscraper if built.

Local developer Beulah International purchased the prominent 6,061 sq m (65,240 sq ft) Southbank plot currently taken up by a BMW dealership late last year. The project will have a total budget of AUD 2 billion (around US$1.47 billion).

Several of the architecture firms involved will likely be familiar to regular New Atlas readers, including MAD, UNStudio, BIG, Coop Himmelb(l)au, OMA, and MVRDV. The projects range in size, however all but one is confirmed taller than Australia's – and the entire southern hemisphere's – tallest tower, the Q1, in Queensland (the height of one of the designs hasn't yet been revealed).

Below, we briefly cover each design, but head to the gallery to see more on each. We'll also be back with the winner when it's unveiled, which is expected to be sometime this month.

Urban Tree - MAD Architects and Elenberg Fraser

The Urban Tree would rise to a total of 360 m (1,181 ft) and feature some kind of platform called "The Cloud," at the top, which would house the hotel's public amenities and change appearance with LEDs
The Urban Tree would rise to a total of 360 m (1,181 ft) and feature some kind of platform called "The Cloud," at the top, which would house the hotel's public amenities and change appearance with LEDs

MAD and Elenberg Fraser's nature-infused Urban Tree skyscraper would rise to a total of 360 m (1,181 ft)-tall and provide pedestrian access to a "mountain village" (a familiar theme for MAD) that includes a playground, artwork, and a water feature. Elsewhere in the tower would be residential and office space. It would be topped by a novel platform called "The Cloud" that would house the hotel's public amenities and change appearance with LEDs.

Green Spine - UNStudio and Cox Architecture

Melbourne's Southbank by Beulah project is designed by Netherlands-based UNStudio and local firm Cox Architecture
Melbourne's Southbank by Beulah project is designed by Netherlands-based UNStudio and local firm Cox Architecture

The Green Spine, by UNStudio and Cox Architecture, envisions two twisting glass towers that are defined by their greenery-covered terraces. The taller residential tower, which would reach 356.2 m (1,168 ft), would offer pedestrian access to a public Botanic Garden at its top, while the smaller tower would reach a height of 252.2 m (827 ft) and host office and hotel space.

The Lanescraper - Bjarke Ingels Group and Fender Katsalidis Architects

The Lanescraper would reach a height of 359.6 m (1,179 ft)
The Lanescraper would reach a height of 359.6 m (1,179 ft)

Taking the form of a pile of stacked glazed blocks, Lanescraper from BIG and Fender Katsalidis Architects would include an auditorium with a capacity of over 3,000, as well as a BMW experience center that takes up four levels, and is connected by a central void and car lift. The building would reach 359.6 m (1,179 ft), and also host retail and cultural amenities, such as a library, cafes, and restaurants. Elsewhere in the building would be office space, hotel rooms, and residential units.

The Beulah Propeller City - Coop Himmelb(l)au and Architectus

The Beulah Propeller City consists of four main parts: a public podium, office space, hotel space, and apartments
The Beulah Propeller City consists of four main parts: a public podium, office space, hotel space, and apartments

The Beulah Propeller City, by Coop Himmelb(l)au and Architectus, would consist of four main parts: a public podium, office space, hotel space, and apartments. The tower would reach a height of 335 m (1,100 ft), and be topped by a penthouse. This plush pad would offer a private garden and pool, as well as fantastic views of Melbourne.

Stack - MVRDV and Woods Bagot

Stack would rise to 359 m (1,177 ft) 
Stack would rise to 359 m (1,177 ft) 

MVRDV and Woods Bagot's Stack would, well, stack large interconnected spaces including parks, retail facilities, residential areas, hotels and something called an "underwater city window," to create a well-connected vertical city. The building would rise to 359 m (1,177 ft) and be topped by a rainforest-style garden. Each section would have its own appearance from outside and lend the building a distinctive patterned look.

Unnamed project - OMA and Conrad Gargett

This unnamed project is designed by OMA and Conrad Gargett 
This unnamed project is designed by OMA and Conrad Gargett 

This colorful project, by OMA and Conrad Gargett, emphasizes its base, which would host a ground-floor market inspired by local historic arcades and vaulted markets. The base would also feature cultural, commercial, educational and social elements, with retail and dining areas. The upper parts of the tower would be dedicated to office spaces, a hotel, and residences – the latter situated at the top to maximize views and daylight. As well as lacking a name, its height has also not been revealed.

Update August 6, 2018: The height of the OMA design has been given as 345 m (1,132 ft), meaning that whichever Southbank by Beulah tower design is chosen, the building would become Australia's tallest skyscraper.

Source: Southbank by Beulah

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Jerome Morley Larson Sr eAIA
Ugh! — not once, but five times? — where is that famous Aussie spirit and acventure? — do you really strive to be another Dubai, stuck in a 1980 wet dream? — gather your architects on the beach at two am for a champaign clambake, let them all build sandcastles (build the best one) — that’s the Aussie spirit I’m talking about! Jerome Morley Larson Sr eAIA