The Asia Pacific Property Awards celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies across all sectors of the property and real estate industry — and Melbourne Square has been selected as a double finalist.
The $2.8 billion six-tower precinct in Southbank has been shortlisted for best mixed-use development and best residential high-rise architecture in the Asia Pacific region. The winning projects will be announced in May, after which the top award-winners will go on to compete for global titles.
Melbourne Square won its position in the shortlist thanks to OSK Property’s holistic approach to creating a truly integrated precinct. Chairman of OSK Property, Tan Sri Ong Leong Huat, said he believed the abundance of integrated public space along with the way the architecture — crafted by award-winning Cox Architecture — interplays with the surrounding environment captured the judging panel’s attention.
“We have done everything we can to create the best public realm in Melbourne, and it’s all right in the heart of Southbank,” he said.
“The Melbourne Square public park will be the largest architecturally significant green space to be delivered in that area to date.
“We are thrilled to be recognised by our peers and nominated for two categories in these prestigious awards, up against some of the best names in the industry globally.”
The 3,745-square-metre park will include cascading water features, European-inspired piazzas, belvederes, and an elevated outdoor terrace. It has been designed by the multi-award-winning design firm, Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TLC), the experts responsible for iconic public areas such as Birrarung Marr, the Australian Garden in Cranbourne, Sidney Myer Music Bowl and the National Arboretum in Canberra.
TCL director Lisa Howard said, “Melbourne Square’s park is designed as a network of gardens inspired by the Royal Botanic Gardens, as well as civic qualities from other cities around the world including Paris, Berlin, and Barcelona.
“It will be an important destination, delivering benchmark sustainable urban design, and a place for people to live, work and play, with the park drawing in people from across the city.”
The park is expected to be complete by late 2019, in tandem with the first release of a childcare centre, retail outlets (including a full-size Woolworths supermarket) and two luxury apartment buildings.
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