As time progresses and we move into the Asian century, Box Hill will need to accommodate larger numbers of migrants and thus denser program must ensue.
Our project explores the intensification of activity in Box Hill as a series of high-rise buildings.
These high-rises acts as dense vertical cities containing housing, services, retail, entertainment and education. All the buildings are linked via a series of podiums and bridges with the tallest and most prominent building being connected directly to the bus loop on top of the main shopping centre.
This project within the scheme of the Melbourne section will accommodate increased activity within Box Hill but also from suburbs along the section providing important transport links as well as acting as a cultural exchange.
From the research conducted it was clear that Box Hill needs more lone person accommodation thus we have integrated student housing with retail, education and transport services.
Lone person accommodation however doesn't mean that the person has to be lonely, with communal programs encouraging new migrants not only to expand their social circle but also to develop quality relationships with their peers. Some of the communal programs include basketball courts, movie rooms, reading areas and shared kitchens.
Apart from housing, the main building includes game arcades, leisure sports and restaurants on the upper levels and migration centres and cultural education classrooms on the lower floors.
The buildings encourage cultural exchange with underground cinemas and an amphitheatre playing host to cultural events.