Bjarke Ingels Group have proposed "an evolution of the skyscraper", named The Lanescraper, for the Beulah Tower competition. Their design focuses on building a social infrastructure unique to Melbourne as a city. Taking advantage of the location which provides access to both the Yarra waterfront and the Arts Precinct, The Lanescraper aims at providing a multi-use experience for the public.
The firm's scheme includes two cores due to the high aspect ratio of the site boundary. This allows for more efficient layouts with optimized walking and access to upper levels. By having two cores (one larger and one smaller), the structure also creates more negative spaces in-between the two.
The stacked blocks between the cores extend upwards and interlock to provide connectivity and structural rigidity. In doing so, the towers taper inwards which allows for negotiating space between its surrounding buildings and minimizes overshadowing the public spaces below.
In the core's in-between spaces, BIG presents a series of laneways from top to bottom. Each of these spaces will provide a unique experience as continuous promenades of interconnected public and social spaces.
Name: THE LANESCRAPER
Code: SBANK Date: 30/07/2018
Status: In Progress
Size in m2: 238000
Project type: Competition
Client: Beulah International
Collaborators: Fender Katsalidis, ARUP, Jan Gehl, GTA Consultants, bloomimages, Brick Visual Location
Text: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Location: (-37.8227,144.938) Awards:
Partners-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Brian Yang Project
Leaders: João Albuquerque Project
Architect: Ovidiu Munteanu
Team: Mariana de Soares e Barbieri Cardoso, Aleksandra Domian, Miaomiao Chu, Naysan John Foroudi, Xinying Zhang , Antonio Sollo, Helen Chen, Sarkis Sarkisyan, Teodor Cristian Fratila, Augusto Zamperlini
BIG Engineering: Andy Coward, Duncan Horswill
BIG Ideas: Bart Ramakers, Kristoffer Negendahl
BIG Landscape: Alessandro Zanini, Mattia Di Carlo, Nandi Lu, Ulla Hornsyld
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