The towering structure will be called Green Spine and has officially been given the green light by the Australian government. The planned construction will take the building to a dizzying height of 365m, making it the tallest building in the country.
The tower will form part of the AUS$2 billion Southbank project in Melbourne and will be helmed by Beulah International, a local property development company. Designed by architects UNStudio of the Netherlands, the Green Spine will be comprised of two towers supported by a cantilever structure with terracing, glass facades and a botanical garden that will be open to the public.
The project is expected to boost the local economy by creating nearly 5000 new construction jobs and over 3000 jobs in various other sectors such as hospitality, retail and entertainment.
Caroline Bos, UNStudio founder, told khl.com, “Today is a day to celebrate on many fronts with the planning approval signalling a momentous achievement for all involved.
“We are honoured that Southbank has received unanimous support for its design. From the initial concept to one that has evolved into a ground-breaking global collaborative project, the outcome is an exciting prospect.”