The Vision I Design
Your Vertical Garden City
Set to be Australia’s tallest building, STH BNK By Beulah will be a stunning sculptural form composed of two towers defined by twisting geometric glass façades and the highest vertical garden in the world. From the active multi-level podium beneath the towers to the open public square and extensive park spaces, the architecture is both inviting and inspiring.
Envisioned as a vertical village and a mini-metropolis, Southbank is a multi-faceted and pedestrian-friendly destination. Designed through an international collaboration between UNStudio and Cox Architecture, STH BNK will stand proudly on Melbourne’s skyline, and welcome the city’s people within.
THE GREEN SPINE
The design intent of the architectural team was to create a natural, vertical connection to Southbank – providing new public and private spaces across two towers that appear to grow out of the city.
This will be one of the world’s largest urban ecosystems with benefits including enriched air quality, biophilia and biodiversity, as well as a reduced heat island.
STH BNK By Beulah will act as a new pair of lungs for the city – a living, breathing addition to the skyline inspired by nature.
STH BNK By Beulah will be an exemplar of biophilic design, an architectural approach that considers how to connect a building’s occupants to nature. Such buildings create healthy environments for a healthier lifestyle through natural landscapes and lighting, ventilation, and sunlight.
The precinct’s design achieves this by setting a new standard in vertical urban living through the biophilic design of residences, extensive greenery from the pocket parks to the Sky Garden, and active circulation networks such as the landscaped steps leading to the open-air STH BNK Square.
A GLOBAL COMPETITION
Finding the right architects to collaborate on this project – one Australian and one international – led Beulah around the world on a quest and launched a six-month-long competition.
This major event saw leading international architecture firms collaborate with local firms to propose groundbreaking designs. These partnerships were BIG and Fender Katsalidis, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU and Architectus, MAD Architects and Elenberg Fraser, MVRDV and Woods Bagot, OMA and Conrad Gargett, and UNStudio and Cox Architecture.
The six shortlisted designs were revealed at a public symposium in Melbourne and judged by seven highly regarded jury members before the winning project was announced.
The winning concept was titled Green Spine, a collaboration between the Dutch design firm UNStudio and the local firm Cox Architecture. The project has since had unanimous endorsement from the City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne Committee.
“Our hope for STH BNK By Beulah is that it becomes an epicentre for world-class retail, entertainment, art and culture. Its open and lively interface draws the public character deep into the design, throughout the podium and up into the towers.”
Ben Van Berkel, Co-founder and Principal Architect, Unstudio
“WE’RE BRINGING TOGETHER THE BEST OF NOW AND NEXT. THE BIOPHILIC DESIGN IS SET TO REDEFINE NOTIONS OF RETAIL CO-CREATION, CULTURAL POSSIBILITIES, WORKPLACE INNOVATION, THE LEARNING ECONOMY, SUSTAINABLE LIVING AND URBAN BELONGING IN A LEAFY, LIVELY 24/7 PRECINCT. HERE A VISIONARY MINI-METROPOLIS MEETS A CONNECTED WORLD. ”