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  1. 1.  Melbourne Plaza A global place with local identity
  2. 2. Objectives According to the site analysis and conclusions we need to design • A place that links the business district and the public parks, a connection between the urban and the natural world • A path that connects the city to the sports precincts • A place that attracts tourism and improve city permeability • A place that supports and foster the local market and complements the surrounding economy • A place with local identity but also multicultural and global • A place that represents the identity and values of the city
  3. 3. The Concept The Melbourne Plaza will be a public space with strong local identity and a global character, easily identified by the “M building” or “The Arch of Melbourne”, a unique commercial sustainable green building that represents the values and forward thinking of the city. The site will be a path to the sport centers and the riverbanks; a friendly, inviting and participative public space for residents and general public.
  4. 4. The Vision: • The Melbourne Plaza is a path and a landmark connecting two important nodes in the city between Swanston street (Fed Square) and the sports precincts (Birrarung Marr). The main feature of the plaza is the M building, a 50 meters high by 50 meters wide arch that represents the triple bottom line ideals of the city. • The public area is bicycle and pedestrian friendly. Small parks; three public sport courts; an open bed garden; a children playground area and some retail shops that have been allocated in old trams. ( Trees and gardens has been allocated in beds to avoid drainage)
  5. 5. The Vision: • The project  will use materials that minimise environmental impact and  maximise sustainability. • The location, position and measures of the building has been carefully  thought to accomplish planning regulation on the site. • The Building is a 6 star rating green building in three categories:           1.    Energy efficiency:     solar panels and double glazing         2.    Water efficiency:      water tanks and onsite treatment plant         3.    Material efficiency:   recyclable construction materials
  6. 6. Main Features • The M point: The M point is a circle piazza located at the front of the M building at the centre of the arch. The piazza is made by concrete and stone and it could also be used as a platform for aboriginal mosaic (inclusiveness). The ring has an open fountain in the middle where people can appreciate the arch of Melbourne with lights at night or play with water in a hot summer day. The water used for the fountain is recyclable grey water from the M Building. The water is also reused to water green areas within the site. • Public Furniture: Our goal with public furniture is to enrich the outdoor space and respect the relationship with the natural environment. Our design chooses to use recycled materials and wood that is from regrowth and managed forests. We are committed to be a place that is environmentally responsible, and a healthy place to work and play. • Old trams galleries & retail: The aim of the project is to foster the character and identity of the city, and one of the main icons of Melbourne are its trams. We want to recover and retrofit 6 to 10 old trams wagon to strategically allocate them to activate the edges of the site. We want to create an open tram museum concept that is also a place to shop, eat or appreciate local art.
  7. 7. Main Features • Children Playgrounds: the project considers the allocation of two children playgrounds build with recyclable materials. The playground areas are intended to increase the variety and robustness of the site offering attractive alternatives for families. • Trails: The project considers the design of five different walkable trails within the site, which are going to improve permeability and access to the site. These pathways are going to be made by stone and could also be a platform for aboriginal art mosaic. The project is also considering a cycle ways on both sides of each trail and access to disable people in each entrance point. • Public Lights: Our commitment with people and the environment is reflected in every public element. Our project will use 100% green energy in all its appliances and our lighting system will have the potential to cut the cost, energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions of street lighting. The aim of our Public Lighting system is to improve the quality of the public realm of the site.
  8. 8. Main Features • Green Spaces and vegetation: Our project plan the allocation of different types of native trees of Victoria distributed evenly on the site; two public open gardens and one green house garden where is going to be allocated a natural water treatment plant to purify the grey water from the M building to reuse it in the fountain and to water the gardens. • Sport courts: Three public multipurpose sport courts have been strategically allocated on the northeast edge of the site. They are a link between the plaza and the sport precincts and the intention is to invite residents and visitors to play and do sports. There is one basketball court, one baby football and one tennis court. They are all open to the public free 24/7. • The M Building: It is a public – private commercial building that allocates companies, offices related with the environment and sustainability and some residential apartment on the southern towers. The 20-storey building is 50 meters high, 50 meters wide, 50 meters long structure made of steel, concrete, wood and double-glazing and it is considered a medium raise building.
  9. 9. A link to the world
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  14. 14. Why an arch?  The arch responds to our aim to make people the centre of our urban design and the building just a corridor that allow the city to become permeable towards the Yarra. An Arch is a symbol that can be found in the main metropolis and it would represent a link between Melbourne and the world.  An arch represents a bridge, a path, a place of sharing and unity. An arch is a gateway, a door to something beyond it, a passageway to something more to follow. On a deep psychological level, arches can signify a period of transition, a passage from where one moves to another place. Transition signifies change, and the arch represents the passageways or doorways of that process.
  15. 15. The Argument • Character:   Strong local identity with a global appearance. It is an M, it is and arch, It is an environmentally friendly / sustainable space (6 star green building rating). It is a landmark. • Continuity and enclosure:    There is a clear distinction between public and private space combining an open and friendly park areas and a private commercial green building, which is also open to the public. • Quality of Public realm:   The M plaza is an open space with a great variety of alternatives to do or just pass through it. Accessibility, permeability and sense of well being.   • Ease of movement:  The M plaza is friendly and easy to understand, pedestrian and bicycle friendly with clear paths, public signing, cycle ways and bicycle parking areas.
  16. 16. The Argument • Legibility:  The place has a clear image and intention. The M plaza is a path, a link and a landmark, where local and tourist can interact and enjoy the views of the city. • Adaptability:  The adaptability of the place will be given by the open space which could be occupied as open public museum, gardens or exhibitions.  • Diversity:  The M plaza will be an alternative place that seek to complement Federation square with open public spaces and some retail shops located in specific points to activate the edges, creating a market and cultural diversity in the whole area.
  17. 17. Implementation Three stages: • Project presentation and permits: Council, stakeholders, investors, public consultation. • Project development: feasibility studies, business opportunities. • Construction