447 Collins Street sits at the heart of Melbourne's business district. In its location, it has the potential and position to become a new "center of the city" for arts, culture, accommodation, entertainment, hospitality and wellness. Our vision is to reconnect this key urban precinct to the nearby Yarra river and Docklands, and to restore the historically vibrant Market Quarter feel. Facing Collins Street, William Street and Market Street, the site is flanked by public space corridors, allowing easy access to the nearby waterway.
For this project, we imagined a scheme that could push height restriction boundaries, allowing a better alternative to the typical building program and massing allocation. Our design allow this spot to become one of the most distinctive silhouettes on the Melbourne city skyline.
Soaring 286 meters, well above other buildings along this section of Collins Street, the footprint of our design rotates as it rises, minimizing the shadow on Southbank and giving the building the appearance that it twists towards the sky. Extending the building vertically allows for a better alternative to the typical building program and massing allocation. Apartments can be positioned at the top of the tower, providing premium accommodation with wide urban, city and bay views. This repositioning of programs presents more opportunities for hotel and retail development at ground level. Culturally, this alternate massing allows for enhanced public realm features such as an amphitheater on Market Street and a space for cultural events under a welcoming lawn area.
447 Collins Street
UNStudio: Ben van Berkel, Wouter De Jonge, Jan Schellhoff with Adi Utama, Aurelie Hsiao, Lieneke Van Hoek, Shouquan Sun, Patrik Noome