New Zaha Hadid skyscraper to be built in Melbourne

By Catherine Sturman
Zaha Hadids skyscraper design within Melbourne has been approved. The 70,000 square metre tower will be situated between Collins Street and the Dockland...

Zaha Hadid’s skyscraper design within Melbourne has been approved. The 70,000 square metre tower will be situated between Collins Street and the Docklands, near to Melbourne’s popular CBD. The 54 storey construction is Hadid’s last due to her sudden passing in March.

The $300 million mixed-use build will boost tourism to the area, incorporating 420 new apartments, alongside 10,000 square metre of retail and office space. ZHA Architects have stated that the design will be a “series of smaller stacked ‘vases’”, where “each ‘vase’ gently tapers inwards to offer additional communal space.” A spokeswoman for Landream, the project’s developers, said: “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.”

The exterior of the build will be enclosed with white latticework and will be sustainable by using 50 percent less energy than a standard build of the same size. The construction will also include over 300 bicycle spaces and bays for electric vehicles.

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