Super-Skinny Triangle Skyscraper Proposed


DeciBel Architecture recently revealed plans for what could potentially become Melbourne’s tallest skyscraper—a 330-meter-tall (1,082-foot-tall) tower that would stand in a triangular plot roughly half the size of a tennis court.

If built, the Magic Tower would stand taller than the 297-meter-tall Eureka Tower.

Magic Melbourne Skyscraper

DeciBel Architecture’s addition to the Melbourne skyline features multiple rotations features multiple rotations in its design.

DeciBel founder Dylan Brady said in an interview that tall buildings need to have a center of rotation to be as close to the center of mass as possible. To accommodate the stresses from wind, the architecture firm incorporated open floors into the design.

“The western end of the tower is stepped, to detach laminar flows, and the eastern end is tapered, reducing load along the edge," Brady added.

The firm’s plans also accommodated a new kind of mass damper near the top of the structure that will “gravity nail the upper reaches and reduce the sway."

The structure will be built with structural tubes, which function similarly to the central lift shaft in a conventional tower. Magic Tower will also be net zero energy, and able to generate energy through solar glass on the facade. The facade will also be equipped with a rain water collection system for non-potable water use.

Design History

In 2015, the RSV held a contest for the site after its previous tenant, the Bureau of Meteorology, vacated after 107 years of being on premises.

At the time, DeciBel, then known as Studio505, submitted six proposals, which included a museum of hovering, magnetized exhibits.

For the tower, Brady was partially inspired by Prince Albert’s Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, which created enough financial surplus to allow for the creation of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum and other institutions. The structure was designed to serve as a beacon of science and technology in the city.

“If we get to this height, awesome! If we have to come back, awesome! It’s still an extraordinary proposition,” Brady said.

“It’s really about pushing as far as we can into the unknown, into the impossible in order to come back to the possible."

The skyscraper is slated to cost $150 million, and could be finished as early as 2022.


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