New Zaha Hadid Tower Set to Transform CBD

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7 years ago
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The Victorian Government has given the nod of approval for a new $300 million tower designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid.

The 54-storey building will include 420 apartments - a mix of one, two and three bedrooms - more than 10,000 square metres of office and retail space, a ground floor art space, public plaza to Collins Street, and a new pedestrian link. 

Located at 582 - 606 Collins Street, this is no ordinary tower, and is sure to transform the landscape of Melbourne’s thriving CBD.


It’s the first building in Melbourne to be designed by the late Hadid, and is intended to look like a trio of vases tapering inward at the base.

“We are honoured 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,” explains Zaha Hadid Architects’ Michele Pasca di Magliano.

Hadid was an Iraqi-born British architect and was the first Arab woman to receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. 

Her works are renowned across the world: the Aquatic Centre for the London 2012 Olympics and the Guangzhou Opera House in China.

There were a few modifications made before the State Government gave the green light, with the building heigh reduced from 185.5 metres to 176 to prevent overshadowing the Yarra’s north bank.

The project is in conjunction with local developers Landream and Plus Architecture.

A spokesperson for Landream says the approval is in keeping with its application and will enrich the city.

“We are proud to be delivering Zaha Hadid’s design for Melbourne and will continue to work closely with her team to make it a reality.”

While Plus Architecture’s Director, and friend of Hadid, Jess Liew says her team is privileged to bring one of Dame Zaha Hadid’s last projects to Melbourne.

“Zaha will forever be part of our city’s urban fabric with this monumental project a testament to her and the legacy she leaves behind.”