As momentum continues to build on Beulah’s unprecedented Grant Associates and ASPECT Studios, have been formally announced as the project’s landscape architects for the STH BNK by Beulah development in Melbourne. STH BNK marks the first Melbourne based project for Grant Associates, as they join forces with the locally based studio of design practice ASPECT Studios, to bring this project to life.
Aligning with Beulah’s strong values of collaboration, Grant Associates and ASPECT Studios are working closely with UNStudio, Cox Architecture, Arup, along with ‘living infrastructure’ specialists Junglefy, to bring to life the green spaces proposed in the winning concept from the Southbank by Beulah architecture competition.
The landscape envisions a scheme that merges with Southbank Boulevard, forming an intrinsic part of the public realm. The landscape design will be centred on the planted vertical facades and outdoor spaces that will create the world’s tallest vertical garden, stretching from the street level to the top of both towers. Via this series of outdoor spaces and green devices, the towers will pay homage to Victoria, known as the Garden State, symbolically bridging the iconic Royal Botanic Gardens with Melbourne’s Arts Precinct.
The proposal will challenge landscape pre-conceptions and will embed itself in a new fast forward vision of the public space, creating an attractive and desirable sequence of public spaces for residents and visitors.
Upon completion, this will include the Future Sky Garden, an expansive, transformative and usable conservatory space at the top of the tallest tower, while extended planted terraces will characterise the facing facades of the two towers as they twist towards each other, connecting people to nature and encouraging healthy city living. A visual beacon for the future of green skyscrapers, the towering vertical garden will push the boundaries of flora-infused buildings, serving to attract local birdlife, sequester CO2 and produce an abundance of oxygen and filter dust and pollutants from the air, improving oxygen levels into the towers and surrounding areas.
Beulah Executive Director Adelene Teh said the Beulah team is thrilled to have ASPECT Studios join the team, bringing their local and global experience, as well as their extensive knowledge of landscape architecture, urban design, and urban strategy.
On Grant Associates’ appointment, Adelene said the practice’s reputation, globally, is second to none. Making considerations for the team on this project is a monumental task as this will be a world-class precinct for the city. Grant Associates were selected, not only because they are leaders in sustainable urban landscapes, but because they truly understood our vision of connecting people through nature.
The project will enhance the lifestyle of all Melburnians and visitors through a diverse world class offering including; five distinct collections of private residences, public and green spaces, a rooftop sky garden, town hall, commercial offices, a six-star urban resort, childcare centre, a health and wellness precinct, arts and culture spaces and programs, as well as world-class experiential retail, all within two twisting terraced forms.
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