Gallery: ZAHA HADID GOES GREEN DOWN UNDER

 

We don’t often bring news of projects without at least an inkling of the actual design, but sometimes we just can’t resist: Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi Pritzker Prize winning architect, is set to design Melbourne’s, and Australia’s, greenest and probably most expensive commercial and housing complex. A tall order, considering that Melbourne is already home to CH2 and 40 Albert Road, which have been the only two buildings in the country to achieve the highest 6-star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.

While the design is still shrouded in secrecy (the image above is just an artist’s impression of what the design might look like, and is not the official design of the development), a few facts have already leaked to the outside world. The design will be composed of four buildings, Docklands’ tallest tower, elaborate civic spaces over two sites, and decking over Wurundjeri Way pedestrian river paths.

The proposed tower will be 50 to 60 levels high and would occupy the site once earmarked for the failed Grollo Tower. The design is set to be so green, that according to The Age, an Australian newspaper, “it would deserve an eight-to-12-star energy rating” something which is impossible under current Green Star guidelines, and would be the equivalent of a rating three or four times above LEED Platinum.

We have featured Zaha previously when we spoke about the Performing Arts Centre in Abu Dhabi. She is of course quite famous for her extreme designs, which vary from being quite angular and sculptural, to her more recent biologically-inspired shapes. Whatever one may think of her work, you cannot deny that she is doing some very interesting and exciting projects. We can’t wait to see what the final design for the Melbourne Docklands will look like and hope that the final design is as green as it is claimed to be.

+ Article from The Age

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4 Comments

  1. hithere August 16, 2007 at 6:25 am

    I wouldn’t get too down… the scan on the front of the age isn’t anything like what zaha’s design for the docklands is like. It’s the product of a crappy “the age” graphic designer with bad photoshopping skills. I can guarantee that “the age” has not seen ANY drawings of the real scheme.

  2. Saurabh August 13, 2007 at 1:57 am

    i feel there is a relationship between the term “environment friendly” and the economic capability (this i am talking at the levels of a city planning and design). This term has been used and re-used to give rise to some really skewed situations…
    1) like Corporates and Multi Nationals claiming that they are environment friendly by growing trees around their facility and out sourcing the entire manufacturing line to third world (or sometimes diplomatically known as ‘developing’ countries)…& many are known to even use countries like India, Bangladesh, Nepal etc as dumping grounds for their waste.
    2) Slums, shanties that are constantly said to be polluting if looked at closely, we realize that due to shortage of resources these are the areas that are involved in a efficient energy saving and also recycling. Dharavi in Mumbai is the biggest slum in Asia, if one studies it one will realize that the living and working patterns there allow resource management, energy savings and recycling in ways that even allow people to make a living out of it and not in that investment intensive way.
    3) It seems to me that building ‘environment friendly’ architecture operates at 2 extreme ends of a spectrum, either you are living in cardboard boxes with cardboard furniture or in twisted skyscrapers (designed by a ‘graphic designer’) requiring millions of dollars as investment.

  3. Michael August 9, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    It seems the newest fad that every architects is pulling out of his or her bag is
    the “TWIZZLER” the twisted skyscaper.

    1). I hate the Twizzler candy brand, you know.. that red licorice, yuck:-(
    2). I have NO respect for designers and or architects who follow trends and not creating them
    3). Aesthetically speaking the “twisted skyscaper” is blight to the human eye
    4). Why would any one in their right mind, want to be part of a trend that is all ready over.
    5). I have lost some respect for ZAHA HADID’s as a creative force in the design world

  4. bazzawhut? August 9, 2007 at 11:29 am

    I’ll take anything over the Grollo Towers.
    To have it green is just a bonus!

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