This mixed-use tower, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects in collaboration with Plus, will become a landmark, not just in Melbourne but also in Australia. This retail, office and residential project, a first for Zaha Hadid Architects in Australia, will add an important new layer to the city’s urban fabric. This joint venture has brought together different yet complementary skills and experiences for this unique project.
Located at the western boundary of Melbourne’s CBD, the design of 600 Collins has evolved from Melbourne’s distinctive urban fabric, adding to the city’s public realm and providing new homes in Melbourne’s CBD – an increasingly popular place to live.
600 Collins opens a new pedestrian route connecting Collins with Francis Street which will ease congestion at the Collins and Spencer Street junction by creating a shortcut to Southern Cross station from the CBD. This new pedestrian route will be enhanced with a café and civic space.
The arrangement of the tower takes its inspiration from its mixed-use programme, converting the building’s overall volume into a series of smaller stacked ‘vases’. Each vase houses a different programmatic element. At the junctions between each vase, easily accessible communal spaces are created offering the public and residents a new way to experience the city.
CLIENT | Hengyi
STATUS | In progress
LOCATION | Auckland, NZ
The Pacifica reshapes the Auckland skyline. At 57 stories, it will be one of Auckland’s tallest residential towers.
The building’s glass facade is designed to reflect the surrounding city and waterfront, while the Maori Pikorua motif of two intertwined pikopiko ferns is represented in the ‘twist’ pattern on the building’s exterior.
Charting the rise of Auckland’s CBD as a truly liveable city, The Pacifica features a mix of apartments, a boutique hotel, and retail spaces.
CLIENT | The Lansdowne Management Group
STATUS | In progress
LOCATION | Cabramatta, NSW
The proposed mixed-use development covers a total of 15,290 sqm of council and privately held land. The project site presents a significant opportunity for mixed-use urban renewal. The proposed market square will be an anchor for foot-traffic, revitalising the area with pedestrian activity. The ground area will be activated with a range of fine grain to large scale retail outlets to offer residents diversity and a balance of leisure and amenity.
CLIENT | Australian Xin Nan Xin Investment Pty Ltd
STATUS | In progress
LOCATION | Glen Waverley, VIC
Taking the form of a cluster of buildings, the four-leaf clover style structure of Galleria features sinuous curve forms that interconnect and loop, creating a dialogue between the buildings.
Featuring 267 apartments with retail on the ground floor, the 15-storey building’s façade features symmetrical coloured banding, one half white and the other clear. The semicircular lobby area features curved forms to mirror the building’s exterior. Concealed mailboxes, a faceted bronze mirror, a chandelier and marble colours add to the luxurious feel of the building.
Following best practice from Asia Pacific, with an interior that embraces leading edge technology, shopping and luxury style, Galleria appeals to families looking to move to the area, providing incomparable apartment living with access to excellent amenities including transport, health and education facilities.
Ground level retail spaces connect to an important pedestrian spine, leading to The Glen shopping precinct, bringing a slice of Melbourne’s iconic laneway culture to the suburbs. Galleria continues the ongoing urbanisation of new town centres, with each apartment offering magnificent views of the CBD and the Dandenong Ranges.
201 Elizabeth Street
CLIENT | Dexus
STATUS | Complete (competition)
LOCATION | Sydney, NSW
Plus, in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects, delivered an outstanding design response for a competition held by client Dexus to deliver a multi-storey, mixed use tower located in a prime position adjacent to Sydney’s Hyde Park.
The proposed tower was designed to take full advantage of the outstanding harbour views, featuring ground floor retail and a hotel in the podium which then transitions to residential apartments in the 54-storey tower.
The fluent form transition of the podium to tower creates a unique urban gesture which embraces and draws both park and people into the dynamic city centre. The surrounding landscape extends into the building design with extensions to slab edges forming an undulating wave and accommodating regions for planting.
CLIENT | Sunnyland Group
STATUS | In progress
LOCATION | Brisbane, QLD
Inspired by its unique location, situated between the Nerang River and the Pacific Ocean, with views of the Gold Coast hinterland, the identity of River Terrace is closely tied to the transition between the hinterland vegetation and the rolling waves of the ocean. The two towers of River Terrace twist as they ascend from the podium, creating a sense of movement. The podium emphasises the tranquillity of the hinterland with a predominantly earthy material pallet while warm bronze accents reflect the warmth of the sunrise above the ocean and beaches.
Offering 280 short-term and 508 residential apartments, the development accommodates the short-term suites at the lower level of the northern tower, providing strategic access to the extensive recreational facilities provided at podium level. The higher level, one, two and three-bedroom apartments in both towers have been generously sized with every bedroom and living space featuring floor-to-ceiling glazing and access to full perimeter balconies which form the building’s façade. A key design feature of River Terrace is the extensive series of infinity edge swimming and reflection pools at podium level, designed to evoke a seamless transition between the ocean and the river below.
Tooronga Village Stage 1
CLIENT | Stockland
STATUS | Complete (2011)
LOCATION | Tooronga, VIC
Forming a new heart of the Glen Iris community, the vision for this landmark development was the ultimate convergence of high-end design, amenity and modern convenience. The concept designed for Tooronga Village was to encourage a community lifestyle via a series of buildings interacting together as a village.
Designed as a self-sufficient community in one of Melbourne’s most enviable locations, Tooronga features 297 apartments with all the facilities at one’s doorstep; shops, cafes and restaurants together with plazas and gardens. The striking apartment towers overlook these amenities, providing uninterrupted city views and sunny northerly aspects. The environmentally sustainable development combines high-end design with an emphasis on community values and sustainable living.
The architectural expression of Tooronga Village is governed by two archetypal elements: podium and tower, each is informed by program, site and boundary conditions. The podium is a lifted, folding ground plane that recalls tectonic plates. It is set into the hillside and held up by a dynamic sculptural web of tree like columns. The main entrance corner is raised, rippling out while lifting and folding like terrain throughout the rest of the structure. Users are able to access the development at multiple levels of ‘ground floor’ entry, continually challenging the notion of what lies above and below.