Mirvac Towers Docklands

Evocative contemporary sky garden rooms

The brief for these two major building podiums (built on the Yarra Rivers edge at Docklands) was to create a visually interesting outlook in the two residential towers and reduce the impact of the 120 km an hour downdraft associated with this site. The "fifth elevation" was becoming a prevalent landscape due to podiums and parking requirements for this contemporary development. The solution was to utilize new polymer technology and glue the inorganic mulches together to form a permeable mulch layer and between these areas use wind and salt air loving low vegetation that would grow well in these extreme conditions. All drainage was designed to be sub surface and associated with the podiums main membrane and slab layer. Extensive use of recycled glass aggregate as mulch was used due to cost, availability (Visy recycling had excess) and the design was referencing the Yarra River, Victoria Harbour and Port Phillip Bay all visible from the apartments. The night view of the podiums was a key part of the design. By evening the ground plane now hovers above the busy promenade and city freeway that surround the two buildings.

Date: 
2005
Location: 
Yarra River Melbourne VIC
Architect: 
HPA (Mirvac Design)
Designer: 
Paterson + Pettus P/L
Photographer: 
Peter Bennetts
Client: 
Mirvac Development