Australian developer CBUS Property has invited four pairs of Australian and internationally-renowned architectural practices to compete to design an office complex at a 6,000 square meter site in downtown Melbourne, Australia where the National Mutual Plaza currently stands.
See the full shortlist after the break.
The powerhouse pairings of the shortlist are
In accordance with city ordinances, the winning design for the new 104,000 square-meter, 11-story office tower must meet the following conditions: "The public has ongoing access to an open area with the interconnection to the public realm on Collins Street. The open area must have reasonable solar access, read as public space and achieve comfortable wind..."
The competition, which started February 10th, will run for six weeks before a 2-week design review in early April. The tight schedule is prompted by the building permit, which, granted in 2006, will expire in December of 2015 if development has not commenced.
Read more here at Urban Melbourne.