THE QUAYS PROJECT DOCKLANDS

Client: MAB Corporation

Location: Quays Development Docklands, VIC

Completion Date: 2013

Photography: Andrew Lloyd

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Project Title: The Quays Project Docklands

The two key areas of focus for the Quays development were the ground level streetscapes and building forecourts; and the podium level roof garden.

The Quays project provided a unique opportunity for the integration of a significant roof garden on the Level 7 Podium.

The roof garden is designed as a sunken element providing protection from the climatic conditions – in particular the wind. The roof design is a pixelated deck and integrated garden bed that responds to the pixelated forms and patterning of the building, providing a series of intimate experience from within the garden, and a strong graphic as viewed from the towers above.

Comprised of a suspended deck structure, the sunken garden allows for a volume of soil in the garden beds that is usually unattainable on a roof structure. The dominant timber material softens the experience, and the design of the deck folds within the landscape to reveal seating nooks, garden edge walls, BBQs, steps and ramps.

All these elements are framed by a lush, vegetated meadow. The species comprise of 50% indigenous to Victoria and a further 40% native to Australia - these will promote and enhance local ecologies. Additionally exotic trees have been planted on the roof, to provide seasonal variance and enhance the space.

The design of this elevated landscape challenges the notion of a roof garden within the CBD - many surrounding roof spaces are limited in the amount of vegetation they can contain.

The Quays roof garden was conceived of at the beginning of the project, and as such was not affected by the limitations of a ‘retrofitted’ design. The aspiration for this project is that it becomes an exemplary roof landscape showcasing the benefits of investing in greening and inhabiting our vast inner city roofs.

THE QUAYS PROJECT DOCKLANDS

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Project Title: The Quays Project Docklands

The two key areas of focus for the Quays development were the ground level streetscapes and building forecourts; and the podium level roof garden.

The Quays project provided a unique opportunity for the integration of a significant roof garden on the Level 7 Podium.

The roof garden is designed as a sunken element providing protection from the climatic conditions – in particular the wind. The roof design is a pixelated deck and integrated garden bed that responds to the pixelated forms and patterning of the building, providing a series of intimate experience from within the garden, and a strong graphic as viewed from the towers above.

Comprised of a suspended deck structure, the sunken garden allows for a volume of soil in the garden beds that is usually unattainable on a roof structure. The dominant timber material softens the experience, and the design of the deck folds within the landscape to reveal seating nooks, garden edge walls, BBQs, steps and ramps.

All these elements are framed by a lush, vegetated meadow. The species comprise of 50% indigenous to Victoria and a further 40% native to Australia - these will promote and enhance local ecologies. Additionally exotic trees have been planted on the roof, to provide seasonal variance and enhance the space.

The design of this elevated landscape challenges the notion of a roof garden within the CBD - many surrounding roof spaces are limited in the amount of vegetation they can contain.

The Quays roof garden was conceived of at the beginning of the project, and as such was not affected by the limitations of a ‘retrofitted’ design. The aspiration for this project is that it becomes an exemplary roof landscape showcasing the benefits of investing in greening and inhabiting our vast inner city roofs.

Client: MAB Corporation

Location: Quays Development Docklands, VIC

Completion Date: 2013

Photography: Andrew Lloyd