A Sustainable & Adaptable Tall Building in the World’s Most Livable City

Matt Stapleton
Associate Director
WSP, Melbourne

Like many cities, Melbourne needs to accommodate a growing population while struggling with issues such as housing affordability and quality. This is a challenge that needs to be addressed if Melbourne is to maintain its reputation as one of the world’s most “livable” cities. While there has been a great influx of inner city high-rise apartments, long-term sustainable solutions are often unviable due to a lack of knowledge and interest from the market.

This presentation looked at how to utilize space over existing rail lines in Melbourne’s central CBD to create a mixed-use high-rise building that is adaptable and sustainable. Design decisions for this project are influenced by potential community benefits and environmental impacts throughout the course of the building’s lifecycle. For example, material selection and framing layouts will deliver an efficient structure that maximizes natural daylight and ventilation. Flexibility in the layout of the structure also allows for apartments to be transformed to suit changes to resident demographics over the lifecycle of the structure.

Future high-rise apartments need to comprise high–quality livable and vertical neighborhoods where people can live happily from childhood through to retirement; additionally, they need to be able to accommodate the needs and expectations of future generations of residents.