Tallest vertical garden in the world
Southbank by Beulah
All eyes have been on Beulah this month, following the announcement that Melbourne’s city skyline is going to look a little greener with Australia’s tallest tower – Southbank by Beulah – to become home to the tallest vertical garden in the world.
Sprawling an astonishing total of 5.5-kilometres – if laid out flat – the length of Melbourne’s famed The Tan running track nearly 1.5 times over, the sky high external garden will, once complete, attract birdlife, help to produce oxygen, provide vegetable patches and filter dust and pollution.
Engaging a world-class team to research and engineer the towering feat, the design employs progressive and forward-thinking biophilic design to emulate nature through its gardens, Southbank by Beulah will also feature extensive greenery on the ground levels and surrounding outdoor areas – bringing the total landscaped area to over 15,500m2.
This includes carefully curating a selection of mother nature’s most resilient plants from coastal and mountainous areas, with placement to be based on the exact sunlight, wind and elevation characteristics of each square metre.
The chosen plant species will be developed in a dedicated nursery in Victoria, which will mature in the landscape beds in the years preceding installation, grown within similar environmental conditions to ensure they thrive in their new, permanent locations.
Beulah Executive Director Adelene Teh said the project will provide individuals with the opportunity to connect with nature throughout the entirety of the two towers across every level – extending from childcare to workspaces, hotel, retail and residential.
“With recent events highlighting the importance of a close connection to nature, beautiful, biophilic design is more important now than ever, particularly as Melburnians become more aware of the need for health and wellbeing.”
“This is the tallest vertical garden in the world, it hasn’t been done before at this scale so we hope that it sets a precedent for other skyscrapers to follow suit as well,’’ says Adelene Teh, Executive Director of Beulah.
Recognised both locally and internationally as a world-class project to watch, this recent announcement was once again met with huge media interest, with coverage featured on Herald Sun, Urban List, Broadsheet, Architecture & Design, 7 News, 10 News, Fox FM and more.