The Stack for Southbank by Beulah, Melbourne Competition, Architecture Contest Victoria

The Stack for Southbank by Beulah in Melbourne

Contemporary Tower Competition in Victoria, Australia design by MVRDV and Woods Bagot

30 Jul 2018

The Stack for Southbank

Architects: MVRDV and Woods Bagot

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Stack for Southbank

MVRDV and Woods Bagot have proposed a “new kind of skyscraper” for a landmark mixed-use site in Melbourne’s Southbank. The Stack is one of six invited entries in an architectural competition organised by the site’s owners Beulah International, a Melbourne-based developer known for its commitment to excellence in local design.

The Stack for Southbank by Beulah in Melbourne

Eschewing Southbank’s typical model of podium and tower – a typology that has always promised but seldom delivered – the Stack is a confident prism with public interface on all sides. According to Winy Maas, one of MVRDV’s founders, the Stack is a new kind of skyscraper.

“Stacked neighbourhoods are connected from the bottom to the top and vice versa by lifts, stairs and escalators – these interconnections create a true vertical city. It’s diverse, mixed, green, sustainable, human, open. The Stack is a manifesto that shows that urban density is great and can contribute to our planet’s survival,” Maas said.

“The single mono typology towers that have plagued Southbank don’t offer the richness that Melbourne is known for. We’ve endeavoured to unlock that, infusing the public offering as an extension of our city to dramatically enhance and future proof high rise living,” said Maas.

The Stack for Southbank by Beulah in Melbourne

Woods Bagot principal Will Hosikian described the competition as a shakeup for development in cities under increasing demand for higher density and good living.

“What makes our proposal different is how we’ve created a Melbourne-centric vertical urbanity. All of Melbourne’s great qualities and amenities are integrated through a sequence of interconnected public spaces, from the ground level all the way to its 359-metre peak,” said Hosikian.

In their proposal MVRDV and Woods Bagot assert that as well as all the noble ambitions, the “next” skyscraper should be beautiful, if not wonderful. Maas calls the Stack “mind-blowing and elegant”.

The Stack for Southbank by Beulah in Melbourne

From the edge of the Yarra River, Southbank Boulevard will be transformed into an urban promenade. A wide pedestrian area with greenery, cafes and terraces becomes the welcoming heart of the district. The new building, the Stack, is located right at the starting point of this urban promenade. Footpaths are wide so that people can walk, wait and sit on the terraces. “It becomes a nice street,” adds Maas.

From the street all the way to the seventy-sixth floor, the site will be developed as a lifestyle precinct, with apartments, offices, a hotel, entertainment centre, technological display centres, retail, cultural precinct and public green spaces.

Woods Bagot’s design leader Ivan Turcinov described the strength of the MVRDV and Woods Bagot partnership as the main factor in the innovation and design quality of the Stack.

“In another magnificent example of international collaboration, our studios have worked together with a spirit of generosity and mutual respect,” Turcinov said.

The Stack for Southbank by Beulah, Melbourne – Building Information

Project: Southbank by Beulah
Location: Southbank, Melbourne, Australia
Client: Beulah International
Status: Competition entry
Value: AUD 2 billion
GFA/ Area: 265,000 sqm
Height: 77 levels (ground + 76 above ground)

Lead Architects: MVRDV and Woods Bagot

Consultant team:
Structures, Sustainability, Vertical Transportation, Traffic, Services, Fire Engineering, Wind, Geotechnical: Arup
Planning: Ratio
Quantity Surveyor: Slattery
Landscape Architect: McGregor Coxall

The Stack for Southbank by Beulah in Melbourne

The Stack for Southbank by Beulah in Melbourne images / information received July 2018


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