Zaha Hadid Architects received planning approval for 600 Collins Street, a contemporary and eco-conscious mixed-use tower set to rise in the city of Melbourne. To fortify Melbourne’s title as “the most livable city in the world,” 600 Collins Street will add an eye-catching landmark to the city skyline and bring new public space, amenities, and transit connectivity within an energy-efficient footprint.
Located between Collins Street and the Docklands on the west edge of Melbourne’s Central Business District, 600 Collins Street is set in a high-density and pedestrian-friendly environment. The 178-meter-tall, 54-storey tower will comprise 420 apartments, offices, retail, and public spaces that will seamlessly link the building to the surrounding urban fabric. Its sculptural facade looks like a series of stacked and tapered vases, each of which contains a different programmatic element.
“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 tower’s curvaceous facade will help deflect harsh solar gain to reduce cooling needs. High-performance glazing, high-efficiency central cooling, smart energy lighting, and graywater-reuse systems will also help reduce resource consumption and the building’s energy footprint. The new civic spaces will include public plazas, terraces, and pedestrian pathways that connect to the Southern Cross railway station and the tram network. Shared car clubs, electric vehicle bays, and 350 bicycle parking spaces will also be integrated into the building.
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