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$2b ‘Green Spine’ set to tower over Melbourne

Neil Mitchell
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Image: Cox Architecture

Melbourne could boast Australia’s tallest building with a giant tower proposed to go up on a site at Southbank.

Dubbed “Green Spine”, the matching towers will go up on the site of the BMW showroom.

The $2 billion building will comprise one tower reaching 356 metres and another standing at 252m.

Local designer Cox Architecture and Dutch firm UNStudio beat six other teams to win the global architecture competition.


Image: Cox Architecture

Planning images reveal a twisting design between the two buildings, which creates a virtual hanging garden in the sky.

“The ambition of the project is twofold,” The Cox Architecture website reads. “A building that is a city in itself, with its multitude of programs and connectivities, as well as being fully integrated in the existing city network of cultural, entertainment, leisure and commercial offerings.

“The Green Spine is conceived as an environmental tool, adding a distinctly contemporary, Australian vernacular and striking presence to Melbourne‚Äôs skyline.”

Image: Cox Architecture
Neil Mitchell
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