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This massive building could become Australia’s tallest tower

It’s called the Lanescraper, named after Melbourne’s laneways and arcades.

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has unveiled their entry for Southbank by Beulah, a competition which plans to build Melbourne’s latest skyscraper.

The firm’s proposal – which is among other shortlisted entries from other studios – is composed of two interlocking towers with a footprint of over 2.5 million square feet. If chosen and built, the structure is said to become the tallest building in Australia with a maximum height of 1,180 feet (360 metres).

Lanescraper by BIG

As mentioned, it takes its name after the laneways and arcades that are an important part of the city’s fabric. The firm even honours these block neighbourhoods by integrating ‘vertical laneways’ into the structure’s stacked and staggered volumes.

“We propose architecture as social infrastructure, a framework for the life and experiences that happen within and without,” explained BIG.

Lanescraper by BIG

The $2 billion mixed-use development will feature food and retail, car parking, interactive spaces, and the BMW Experience Center at its lowest levels. The upper levels will have a five-star hotel, entertainment options, and office and commercial space. The topmost floors will be reserved for residential use.

Lanescraper by BIG

Other shortlisted proposals include entries from firms COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, MAD Architects, MVRDV, OMA, and UNStudio.

The winner of the Southbank by Beulah competition will be announced Wednesday, August 15. Head on over here to find out more.

Lanescraper by BIG

Lanescraper by BIG

Lanescraper by BIG

Lanescraper by BIG

Via Design Boom

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