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Architecture: 717 Bourke Street

April 6, 2011

ASPECT Studio’s urban design project in Melbourne provides new public space that reconnects the CBD with the Docklands precinct

The design of this corporate plaza precinct in Melbourne’s Docklands involved the integration of the streetscape, a new pocket park, a podium forecourt and courtyards. The new public space addresses the ambiguity of the corporate plaza, injecting warmth and interest through its strong landscape forms. The design seeks to create a dialogue with the building, while also creating niches and unpredictable spaces.

Corporate plaza design has a long tradition in Melbourne and this project seeks to establish a relationship between the building façade and the horizontal flows of this space. The external podium landscapes at 717 Bourke Street facilitate increased pedestrian permeability and activation between Melbourne’s CBD and the more isolated Docklands precinct.

The typical 90 degree relationship between landscape and building has been removed, in a design geared towards a highly architectural outcome, creating a striking language of tectonic, multi-purpose landscape forms made of ramps, seats, planters and decks.

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