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Melbourne says yes to Zaha Hadid tower

Victorian Planning minister Richard Wynne has given the green light to a building designed by the late Pritzker Prize-winning British-Arabic architect Zaha Hadid.

The $300 million mixed-use tower at 582-606 Collins Street is being developed by local developer Landream, and the design will be a collaboration between Zaha Hadid Architects and Melbourne’s Plus Architecture.

Zaha-Hadid-MelbourneDesigned to resemble three tapering vase forms, the 54-storey tower was reduced in height from 185.5 metres to 176 metres during the planning process to avoid overshadowing of the Yarra’s north bank.

Comprising 420 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, and 10,000 square metres of commercial office and retail space, the project was granted an uplift that allowed it to exceed the plot ratio in exchange for public realm contributions.

A total of 600 sq m of public space in the design includes a ground floor art space, a public plaza to Collins Street, a pedestrian link between Collins Street and Francis Street, and a publicly accessible terrace level.

Acting minister for planning Jill Hennessy said Dame Hadid has been described as a “starchitect”, and that she looked forward to Melbourne having a piece of her artistic flair in the city.

“This stand-out design will enhance the city’s skyline,” Ms Hennessey said.

Sustainability has also been considered, and the design aims to deliver a building that uses 50 per cent less energy than a conventional mixed-use tower, according to information about the project at the Plus Architects website.

The building is enveloped in a filigreed facade that will reduce direct solar gain and the need for mechanical cooling. Design elements also include high-performance glazing systems, high-efficiency central cooling, energy-efficient lighting and grey-water reuse.

Also included within the design are 350 bicycle parking spaces, and parking bays for electric vehicles and share cars. The development is also on tram routes, and opposite Spencer Street railway station.

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