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OMA Reveals '24/7' Vertical City Design

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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Dutch architecture firm OMA recently revealed its own proposal for the Southbank by Beulah competition—a tower that would function as a round-the-clock vertical city, the second-largest building the firm has designed. The compeition is for the addition of a skyscraper to Melbourne's skyline.

Combining cultural, commercial, educational, social, dining and retail elements, the $2 billion, 345-meter-tall (1131-foot-tall) structure is also slated to include a BMW experience center in its base, as well as an urban living lab.

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To attract the public, the BMW experience center is to be a key feature of the base, equipped with a cylindrical glass car lift, clad in a blue glass facade reminiscent of the BMW blue. The lift, runs vertically to display cars, is accompanied by a robotic parking facility at the other end of the base. Combined, these features serve as a commentary on the need for an avant-garde approach to presence of vehicles in densely populated, urban areas. The lift runs down through the ground, connecting to a 1,400-square-meter basement storage space and the mezzanine BMW experience space.

The office space, which sits above the base of the building, features “flexible floor plates offer grand views of Southbank and City Road and include green areas on each floor on the corners facing the east and west ends,” the firm writes. The hotel section of the structure is 17 floors, which includes two amenity levels. Residences are built into the top of the tower to capitalize on both views and sunlight.

OMA’s managing partner David Gianotten told Designboom that Melbourne’s future faces a number of questions, including determining whether the urban model is innovative and sustainable enough.

“It is certain that one project cannot answer those questions, but it can help lead the way to new models and can experiment with many important topics as 24/7 commercial and cultural programming,” as well as living in the heart of the city, various forms of sustainability and new mobility.

Dutch architecture firm UNStudio also recently revealed its own entry in the Southbank by Beulah contest: a skyscraper that revolves around a pair of towers that aesthetically share a “green spine” of terraces and verandas housing plant life.

The Southbank by Beulah design competition also features entries from well-known firms MAD Architects and Coop Himmelb(l)au. The winning design will be announced today.


Tagged categories: Architecture; Color + Design; Condominiums/High-Rise Residential; Design; Glass

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