Grant Associates chosen to work on Melbourne garden city project

By Nick Batten on 5 July, 2021

Bath-based landscape architecture practice Grant Associates and international design practice ASPECT Studios have been formally announced as the landscape architects for Beulah Developments’ STH BNK By Beluah – a proposed vertical garden city in Melbourne.

It marks the first Melbourne-based project for Grant Associates, which is already recognised globally for designing ‘Gardens by the Bay’ in Singapore.

Aligning with Beulah’s strong values of collaboration, Grant Associates and ASPECT Studios are working closely with UNStudio, Cox Architecture, global design and engineer firm Arup and ‘living infrastructure’ specialists Junglefy to deliver the green spaces proposed in the winning concept from the 2018 Southbank by Beulah architecture competition.

The landscape design will be centred on the planted vertical facades and outdoor spaces that will create the world’s tallest vertical garden, stretching from the street level to the top of both towers.

The proposal will challenge landscape pre-conceptions and will embed itself in a new fast forward vision of the public space, creating an attractive and desirable sequence of public spaces for residents and visitors. Upon completion, this will include the ‘Future Sky Garden,’ an expansive, transformative and usable conservatory space at the top of the tallest tower, while extended planted terraces will characterise the facing facades of the two towers as they twist towards each other, connecting people to nature and encouraging healthy city living.

Keith French, Director at Grant Associates, said, “Southbank by Beulah is a pioneering project and delivering such a complex piece of integrated greening and place making in Melbourne is only possible through a collaborative approach and the collective efforts of many disciplines and specialists. We are really pleased to be working in close partnership with ASPECT Studios on this incredible project that brings nature and biophilic design to the forefront.”

On Grant Associates’ appointment, Beulah Executive Director Adelene Teh added, “Making considerations for the team on this project is a monumental task as this will be a world-class precinct for the city. Grant Associates were selected, not only because they are leaders in sustainable urban landscapes, but because they truly understood our vision of connecting people through nature. Through dynamic biophilic design, our vision is to redefine notions of retail co-creation, cultural possibilities, workplace innovation, the learning economy, sustainable living and urban belonging.”

Pictured above: An artist’s impression of the proposed development in Melbourne