MELBOURNE — The Australian city of Melbourne looks set to boast its first
skyscraper designed by the late, world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid,
after the project was given the green light by the state government on Monday,
China’s Xinhua News Agency reported.
In what is being described as the city’s first “destination tower”, the
high-rise, 226 million U.S. dollar project will hold further significance as it
is believed to be one of Hadid’s final designs before her unexpected death from
a heart attack at the age of 65 in March this year.
The Iraqi-born, British architect was regarded as the world’s greatest
female designer, known for her contemporary iconic architecture. In 2004, she
won the Pritzker Prize, the highest honor in international architecture.
Hadid was the mastermind behind some of the world’s most distinctive works,
including China’s Guangzhou Opera House, the London Aquatic Centre and the MAXXI
museum in Rome.
And now Melbourne will join the list of major cities featuring an important
work by the late “starchitect”.
The high-rise tower, which resembles a series of stacked vases, will rise
54 storeys in the heart of city’s CBD on Collins Street.
Vanessa Bird, Victorian president of the Australian Institute of Architects,
said the new tower, which will be home to 420 apartments and 10,000 square
meters of office and retail space, was expected to become the new tourist
attraction for Melbourne.
“The drawing power and attraction of good design has a huge value to the
economy,” Bird said.
The tower will include a ground-floor art space, a public plaza, a new
pedestrian link and a publicly accessible terrace.
Zaha Hadid Architect’s (ZHA) senior associate, Michele Pasca di Magliano,
said they were excited by the new venture. “We are honored to be working with
our partners in Melbourne to deliver this project for the city,”.
“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.”
Hadid will leave a remarkable legacy in Australia, with the Melbourne-based
project set to join her previous signature designs for towers in Brisbane and on
the Gold Coast. – Bernama