World renowned architect Zaha Hadid’s stamp on Collins St
The late Dame Zaha Hadid’s enriching design for Collins Street has been given the go ahead.
A magnificent outcome for Melbourne the 54 storey, $300 million tower will be located at 582-606 Collins Street. Consisting of 420 apartments, more than 10,000 square metres of office and retail space. The development will also boast more than 600 square metres of public realm works – including a ground floor art space, a public plaza to Collins Street, a new pedestrian link and a publicly accessible terrace.
The proposal was assessed under the central city interim build form controls, with the public realm benefits offsetting the uplift allowing it to exceed plot ratio requirements.
But they note that the building broke the maximum density rules for the site set by Mr Wynne.
During the application, the building height was reduced from 185.5 metres to 176 metres to avoid overshadowing of the Yarra’s north bank.
The council found that the apartments in the proposed building were generously sized, all being more than 50 square metres in size for one-bedroom, with three-bedroom apartments 105 square metres
It is not the first time the Iraqi-born trailblazer Hadid was poised to make her distinctive, futuristic mark on Melbourne. In 2007, she began designing a massive skyscraper development over Wurundjeri Way in Docklands.
But the $1.5 billion project was dropped, reportedly because it would have been too expensive to build.
The building will be developed by Landream said, “We are very thankful for the support of Melbourne City Council, the Victorian Government’s Planning Department and the many other stakeholders. The approval is in keeping with our application. 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.
“We are proud to be delivering Zaha Hadid’s design for Melbourne and will continue to work closely with her team to make it a reality.”
The Acting Minister for Planning Jill Hennessy said, “The late Zaha Hadid has been described as a starchitect, Melbourne will now have a piece of her artistic flare and I look forward to seeing it come together and provide new public space in the city.”
Other recent notable works by the late great Dame Zaha Hadid’s firm include; the London Aquatic Centre, the Guangzhou Opera House in China, the MAXXI museum in Rome, and the BMW Central Building in Germany.
Location: Collins St, Melbourne
Developer: LandDream (http://www.landream.com.au/)
Architect: Zaha Hadid in assoc. Plus Architecture (http://www.plusarchitecture.com.au/)
Development: 420 apartments + Office Space ~ 10,000 sqm + 600 (over) sqm public space