UNStudio and Cox Architecture win design competition in Melbourne

17 August 2018 (Last Updated August 17th, 2018 12:27)

UNStudio and Cox Architecture have won the Beulah competition to design a project with two twisting green towers in Melbourne, Australia.

UNStudio and Cox Architecture win design competition in Melbourne
Design of Green Spine. Credit: Unstudio and Cox Architecture.

UNStudio and Cox Architecture have won the Beulah competition to design a project with two twisting green towers in Melbourne, Australia.

One of the structures in the firms’ Green Spine design proposal will reach a height of 356.2m, making it the tallest building in the country.

Beulah International executive director Adelene Teh: “The Green Spine showed work by a strong, multidisciplinary collaborative team that is a bold, yet thoroughly considered approach to creating a context-driven landmark as an addition to Melbourne’s skyline.”

“The proposal displays qualities that will truly transform the public realm by eroding the hard edges that are prevalent in Southbank.”

“In its details, the scheme displays a strong intent for well-considered public and private amenity, and at street level, the proposal displays qualities that will truly transform the public realm by eroding the hard edges that are prevalent in Southbank.”

Other shortlisted teams who submitted proposals included BIG, OMA, MVRDV, MAD and Coop Himmelb(l)au.

Cox Architecture director Pete Sullivan said: “It’s the ultimate vindication of our collective approach, staying true to what makes Melbourne ‘Melbourne’, while embracing fresh perspectives and international best practice. The result is a testament to everyone involved, a team who gelled quickly and really gave their best to give Melbourne a superior and relevant outcome.”

The building will feature a botanic garden at the top while a lush of greenery will burst through the two towers.

The taller tower will feature residential units, while the other will feature offices, a hotel, restaurants and bars.