Visionary architect Zaha Hadid will transform the cityscape of Melbourne's docklands with a new design for investment company Sama Dubai – the backers of the Dubai Towers.
Hadid will reportedly create Australia's "Greenest and most expensive" office and housing complex as part of a A$1.5bn scheme earmarked for the Collins Street area, according to Australian paper The Age.
Government sources told The Age the new development would be made up of four buildings – one, with up to 60 levels, will be the tallest building in the Docklands. The development will also include civic spaces over two sites and decking.
Water features will also be prominent in the design, which will use recycled materials. Sources claim the proposal's credentials are so green it would deserve an eight-to-12-star energy rating.
Iraq born Hadid has become one of the world's most celebrated architects, having won the Pritzker Prize in 2004 and designing world-class buildings such as the BMW factory and Paeno Science Centre in Germany and penning designs for many more.
Londoners are presently being treated to a major retrospective of her work at the Design Museum, Shad Thames in London, which runs until November 25.
By Penny Jones