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Heavyweight Architect Shortlist Announced for $2bn Southbank Project


Some of the world’s biggest names in architecture have been shortlisted to design Beulah International’s landmark Melbourne project on the BMW Southbank site.

The winning partnership will be the driving design force behind the planned mixed-use site in Southbank, with an estimated end value of $2 billion.

The global architects will partner with local Australian firms for the competition.

The shortlist design partnerships:

  • Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) with Fender Katsalidis Architects

  • Coop Himmelb(l)au with Architectus

  • MAD Architects with Elenberg Fraser

  • MVRDV with Woods Bagot

  • Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) with Conrad Gargett

  • UNStudio with Cox Architecture

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The Malaysian-backed Beulah International secured the BMW Southbank site for $101,008,888 in December 2017.

BMW struck a partner-style deal with the developer to retain its presence on the prominent 6000sq m corner property at 58 Southbank Boulevard.

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Beulah International executive director Adelene Teh said the shortlisted architects were known to push boundaries, working on large scale projects around the globe.

“Our vision for the site is to create a landmark that innovates and redefines the way the built environment responds to how Melbournians and visitors live, work and interact,” Teh said.

“We are hoping to break barriers and offer something like nothing else in Melbourne and feel that this strategically located site at Southbank is a fantastic opportunity to do this.”

At the time of acquiring the BMW site, principal Jiaheng Chan said the deal was Beulah International’s most significant acquisition, and as such, their vision for the site was to create a ground-breaking concept never before seen in Australia.

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Fender Katsalidis worked on a scheme for two towers joined by a sky-bridge for the site. Image: Concept render
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For architect heavyweights such as MVRDV, BIG, Coop Himmelb(l)au, and MAD Architects the winning concept would mark their first foray into the Australian market.

Winning would also signal OMA’s first Australian private development project.

Beulah International is currently working with Fender Katsalidis Architects to deliver their $11 million residential development project in Melbourne’s inner-East suburb of Kew.

The shortlisted candidates will present initial concepts to a jury on Thursday 17 May.

The jury will be responsible for selecting the winning design in July.

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