Some of architecture’s biggest names are vying to lead a new mixed-use skyscraper development on a prominent site in Melbourne, Australia. From twisting greenery-covered towers to an “illuminated cloud,” the six designs for Southbank by Beulah show the firms letting their imaginations run wild. Furthermore, most of the designs show towers that would become Australia’s new tallest skyscraper if built.
Local developer Beulah International purchased the prominent 6,061 sq m (65,240 sq ft) Southbank plot currently taken up by a BMW dealership late last year. The project will have a total budget of AUD 2 billion (around US$1.47 billion).
Several of the architecture firms involved will likely be familiar to regular New Atlas readers, including MAD, UNStudio, BIG, Coop Himmelb(l)au, OMA, and MVRDV. The projects range in size, however all but one is confirmed taller than Australia’s – and the entire southern hemisphere’s – tallest tower, the Q1, in Queensland (the height of one of the designs hasn’t yet been revealed).
Below, we briefly cover each design, but head to the gallery to see more on each. We’ll also be back with the winner when it’s unveiled, which is expected to be sometime this month.