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A team of designers have crafted a futuristic reuse concept for Melbournes ill-fated Southern Star Observation Wheel, envisaging the wheel as a tram depot in the sky for flying steam powered punk trams.
Featuring wind turbine blades and solar panels, the sci-fi windmill would generate power for a fleet of flying trams, alleviating congestion in the city. The adventurous reuse proposal for the “heat-damaged and conceptually flawed” wheel, which closed 40 days after it opened in 2009 when cracks appeared in the frame, features landscaped platforms elevated above a newly-greened Docklands.
The detailed visualisations were created by architectural photographer Peter Bennetts, multi-disciplinary design form Büro North and film and media production studio Squint Opera. Soren from Büro North says: There are some serious ideas and questions amongst the madness. How to efficiently adapt, reuse and re-function outdated infrastructure as we move to a more sustainable future.
Now in its eleventh year, Shaw Contract’s Design Awards program honors architecture and design firms that are changing the way people engage and interact with a space.