Zaha Hadid’s “stacked vases” tower given green light

A mixed use tower designed by Zaha Hadid Architects will be built in Melbourne’s Central Business District in Australia.

The 54-storey curved tower called 600 Collins Street will include 420 apartments, offices, retail and public spaces. Zaha Hadid’s design features converting the building’s overall volume into a series of smaller stacked vases.

Acting Minister for Planning Jill Hennessy said in a statement, “this stand-out design will enhance the city’s skyline.”

Zaha Hadid Architects’ Michele Pasca di Magliano said:

“The design has been defined by Melbourne’s rich and diverse urban landscape, reinterpreted in a contemporary solution driven by the logical division of its overall volume that will enhance the city’s public realm with generous communal spaces. We are honoured to be working with our partners in Melbourne to deliver this project for the city.”

Each vase tapers inwards to create new civic spaces for the city including a public plaza, terraces and new link for pedestrians to access Southern Cross railway station and the tram network.

Designed to use 50 per cent less energy than a conventional mixed use tower, this facade contributes to a reduction in the direct solar gain of the building and emissions.

A high performance glazing system, high efficiency central cooling, high efficiency lighting and grey-water reuse systems will reduce consumption of resources and further lower the emissions. The project also includes 350 bicycle parking spaces and bays for electric vehicles and shared car clubs.