Southbank Boulevard is home to the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne’s College of the Arts, the Melbourne Recital Centre and more. It is a unique gateway to this Arts Precinct and to Southbank on the Yarra River.
City of Melbourne’s vision for Southbank Boulevard is founded in three key themes, resulting in improved biodiversity and the development of an ecologically connected urban landscape.
The three themes are explorations of: pre-European settlement, the boulevard as a biodiversity corridor, and connecting people to nature.
Southbank Boulevard’s design responds to the pre-settlement ecologies of the site, creating micro-climates and revealing the beauty of landscapes past.
Biodiversity increased, and each ‘block’ of the boulevard has a different landscape response. Showcasing the variety of ecological beauty in the area was key to project success.
The site was transformed - once heavily focused on auto transport - into a scenic connection for visitors to the city via a green corridor. A new connective thread was achieved for people to experience the City and the Yarra River.