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BIG, OMA, MVRDV among designers shortlisted for Australia’s highest building

1 August 2018 | By Joe Quirke 1 Comment

Six teams have been shortlisted for Melbourne’s Southbank tower, a US$1.5bn, 220,000 sq m mixed-use project on the Yarra River, which is likely to be the country’s tallest structure when completed.

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The most outlandish entry comes from China’s MAD Architects, which worked with local firm Elenberg Fraser to create a 360m-tall one tower project complete with a “mountain village” at the base, and a “cloud” at the top.

The cantilevered cloud contains a hotel and well as the obligatory restaurant, bar and observation deck. Clad in transparent glass, the “mountain village” will contain retail space and a series of small, green foothills.

Image courtesy of MVRDV

Dutch studio MVRDV and Australian-founded Woods Bagot have designed a “new kind of skyscraper” called the Stack.

The 259m high project is a “true vertical city”, according to MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas. He said: “It’s diverse, mixed, green, sustainable, human and open.”

Image courtesy of Beulah/Bjarke Ingels Group

Copenhagen’s Bjarke Ingels Group and local firm Fender Katsalidis Architects designed the Lanescaper, comprising two interlocking 360m structures. It will house a two-floor auditorium capable of holding 3,000 guests, a library, and residential and office space.

Image courtesy of UNStudio and Cox Architecture

Dutch firm UNStudio and Australia’s Cox Architecture designed “Green Spine”, two separate structures with a connected mixed-use podium at the base. The taller 356m residential tower would contain a botanical garden at the top, while the 252m structure will contain offices and a hotel.

Image courtesy of OMA

OMA has teamed with Arup and Australian architect Conrad Gargett for a 345m-tall tower, consisting of an office block sitting above the base, with a 17-storey hotel and residential space at the top.

Image courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au

Austrian firm Coop Himmelb(l)au worked with Australia’s Architectus to design the 335m-high Beulah Propeller City, a vertical city with retail, office, hotel and residential space as well as a cinema, and public spaces.

The project is for local developer Beulah International, founded by Jiaheng Chan and Adelene Teh. The winner of the competition will be announced on 8 August.

Top image courtesy of MAD Architects