Zaha Hadid has been announced as the lead architect behind the 582-606 Collins Street proposal.
A planning application has been lodged with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
The application submitted is for a 54-level, mixed-use building in Melbourne’s Central Business District that incorporates retail, commercial and residential components with diverse apartment typologies and designs. Working in collaboration with Melbourne-based architecture firm, Plus Architecture and Australian developer Landream, this represents Zaha’s first Victorian project.
The built form seeks to align with the new CBD planning reforms introduced by Planning Minister Richard Wynne. The design aspiration is to elevate Melbourne’s status as a global city and focus is on the balance of scale and density and the protection of heritage and character.
“The multiplicity of social and cultural attractions in the centre of Melbourne, which have made it the most liveable city in the world, have also naturally created a demand for new residential development,” says Zaha Hadid Architects Director, Gianluca Racana.
“582-606 Collins Street aims to satisfy this demand and take advantage of design features, which will create new opportunities for public space and offer a great blend of mixed use programs,” said Mr Racana.
The site sits on the Western boundary of Melbourne’s Central Business District, at the nexus between Collins Street and the Docklands, within an area of the city that is evolving into a new commercial precinct in its own right.
The Collins Street façade is comprised of an elegant colonnade of sculptural, curved columns that supports Zaha Hadid Architects’ unique façade system.