Magnificent design! 600 Collins Street attracts people’s attention with its esthetic quality. Melbourne’s Central Business District may change in the near future. The 54-storey (178m) high-rise building with its 420 apartments, offices, retail and public spaces awarded the planning approval some days ago by the Victorian Government.
“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 honored to be working with our partners in Melbourne to deliver this project for the city.”
Located between Collins Street and the Docklands, the 70,000 square meter tower looks like four oversized and stacked vases tapering inwards. In this manner, the first ‘vase’ provides a fully surrounding terrace. For pedestrians, 600 Collins Street is linked to access Southern Cross railway station and the tram network.
600 Collins Street provides 350 bicycle parking spaces and bays for electric vehicles and shared car clubs
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.”
According to the designer Zaha Hadid Architects, the mixed-use tower needs 50 percent less energy than a conventional building. Direct solar gains of the building and emissions are reduced through the individual facade design. A powerful glazing system, a very efficient central cooling system, high efficiency lighting and grey-water reuse systems are able to reduce consumption of resources and further lower the emissions. Furthermore, 350 bicycle parking spaces and bays for electric vehicles and shared car clubs are included in the design of 600 Collins Street.
“This stand-out design will enhance the city’s skyline.” said acting Minister for Planning Jill Hennessy in a statement.
“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 Landream, the project’s developers. “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.”