Winners revealed: Power Street Loop ideas competition

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Habitat Filter by Drysdale, Myers and Dow.

Habitat Filter by Drysdale, Myers and Dow. Image: Citylink

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Habitat Filter by Drysdale, Myers and Dow.

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Habitat Filter by Drysdale, Myers and Dow.

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Territory by Terra Verde.

Territory by Terra Verde. Image: Citylink

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Driving Neutral by PWR Ranges.

Driving Neutral by PWR Ranges. Image: Citylink

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The Beans by ARC-Up.

The Beans by ARC-Up. Image: Citylink

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Citylink has revealed the winners of its $25,000 ideas competition to transform an unused road-side site in Melbourne’s Southbank.

The competition, which was launched in January 2015, called for creative concepts for the development of an uninhabitable urban island bounded by the exit ramp from the Domain Tunnel known as the Power Street Loop.

The competition received more than fifty ideas, from which four were awarded prizes and eleven received honourable mentions.

Habitat Filter by Drysdale, Myers and Dow. Image:  Citylink

The winning idea, Habitat Filter by Matt Drysdale, Matt Myers and Tim Dow, proposed a functional sculpture disbursed across an urban forest on the site. The sculpture would be fixed with solar panels that would capture solar energy to be put back into the grid as well as water storage tanks for rain water collection. The urban forest would filter the air while creating a habitat for fauna. As the designers describe it, the scheme would “close the loop of creating a sustainable urban sculpture and land care project on the site.”

Prize winners

First prize

Habitat Filter – Drysdale, Myers and Dow

Territory by Terra Verde. Image:  Citylink

Best Sustainable Idea

Territory – Terra Verde

Driving Neutral by PWR Ranges. Image:  Citylink

Most Innovative Response to Site

Driving Neutral – PWR Ranges

Most Artistic Idea

The Beans by ARC-Up. Image:  Citylink

The Beans – ARC-Up

Honourable mentions

Totem City – Hindley and Co
Theatre in the round – Takk Architecture
Birdsong – Compendium
The Living Sculpture – Best Group
Urban Floating Islands – 2xJ
Mark – TWJ
Loop the Loop –Sue Buchanan, Eli Giannini and Kate Seddon with MGS Architects
Canvas Hill – Narav
Solar Rainbow – Pustola & Cheah: Sublime Infrastructure
The Tower of Song – Tower of Song
Micro Loop – Heath Gledhill

All the ideas submitted will be on public display at Testing Grounds in Southbank until 7 April, 2015. See more on the prize winning ideas here. Power Street Loop is the first in a series of unused road-side sites under consideration by Citylink for urban transformation.


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