Australia’s tallest building of 101 storeys and standing 365 metres high may soon become a reality as Melbourne-based developer, Beulah International Ltd, lodges its plans for their 6,191 sqm site at 118 City Road, Southbank. The developer paid $101,008,888 in late 2017 for the property, currently occupied by BMW Melbourne.
To be a vertical village, a five-star ‘urban resort’, the development will comprise of two twisting towers, achieved through a twisting geometric glass façade with terraces. The second, smaller tower will be comprised of 56-storeys and stand 250 metres high. The combined towers will deliver 270,000 sqm of mixed-use space, including 35,000 sqm of commercial offices, a 220-key five star hotel and residential resort and 6,600 sqm of conference and entertainment centre.
To the base of the building, a fresh food market will form the foundation of seven retail podiums, where the “intersection between art, technology, culture, fashion and design” can be expressed and created. To the top of the towers, a Future Botanic Garden is planned, a publicly accessible garden in the sky.
To be known as Green Spine the development will be designed by Dutch architects, UNStudio, together with the Australian practice, Cox Architecture. It will need approval from Victorian state planning as well as the go ahead from Victorian aviation authorities, in case the taller tower reaches a little too high and breaks the federal aviation rules that limit the height of buildings in the Melbourne CBD.
Image courtesy Beulah International.