Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed designed for a 185-metre tower in Melbourne, which will be made up of four blocks with white filigree facades. The 54-story mixed use skyscraper is designed as a series of "stacked vases" supported by an "elegant colonnade of sculptural, curved columns" that "embody and emulate the finest examples of historic architecture" in the area. Designed to use 50 per cent less energy than a conventional tower, this façade contributes to a reduction in the direct solar gain of the building and emissions.
The tower will contain 196 guest suites and 148 apartments, which will be located on its uppermost floors. Each different vase houses the bespoke guestrooms, suites, residences or amenities of Mandarin Oriental's renowned service and standards. The hotel will also have meeting rooms, a club lounge, a spa and gym, and an indoor swimming pool. It is expected to open in 2023 and will be occupied by the Mandarin Oriental hotel group.