The proposal envisioned for the CBD will see the city become a more highly functioning event city through the implementation of a new city block over the train tracks, flanking Birrarung Marr and Federation Square within the Events Boomerang, designed to provide a platform to sustain Melbourne’s event culture, offering amenities and services required with the organizing of these events.
The emphasis placed on the notion of events came about from the research undertaken on the existing conditions of the CBD where Melbourne is the events capital of Australia, if not the world, drawing thousands of people to the heart of the city every year. Major sporting and cultural events dominate the calendar, putting Melbourne on the global stage. From the vast expanses of sporting areas in the east, to the sprawling arts precinct to the south, the edge of the CBD is surrounded by world class event spaces. Although these premier events broadcast Melbourne to the world, it is the tiny pop up events that appear overnight amidst the city that help provide Melbourne with so much culture that it and its laneways are so renown for.
A new city block, which is designed to create a public ground plain will also aim to connect the Hoddle Grid to the bank of Yarra River and parklands beyond, through a system of laneways, accentuating the North South connection. The gesture of The park meeting the city is emphasised by the terraces and parklands interlocking within the new city block.
The proposal will also aim to manage Melbourne’s increasing population through the implementation of high density housing. A high-rise typology has been chosen for the CBD to fit in with its surrounds. The ground floor will be a public space to support the diverse activities from Federation Square as well as accommodate market spaces and several retails and cafes within the squares. The upper floors will mostly be offices while the towers will allow for housing purposes, allowing for grand views over the city and the river.