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447 Collins Street Water Wall

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Client

Location: Melbourne , Australia

Completion date: 2020

Project Team

UAP | Urban Art Projects

SHoP Architects

Overview

Engage with the surface in a tactile way. In the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, the Woods Bagot designed 447 Collins Street is an iconic mixed-use tower and has immediately become a site of exchange, urban bustle and interaction.

Fabricated in UAP’s Brisbane foundry in cast aluminium with a unique textural finish, the water wall consists of a series of concave and curved planes with water running down the surface. Acting as a hybrid between architectural intervention and fountain, the water wall becomes a moment where the public engage with the building’s surface in a tactile way.

The work is a highly integrated response to the architecture of 447 Collins Street, creating a soft, elegant solution within the geometric form of the building. The water wall simultaneously engages with the nearby Market Street public park, referencing ideas of civic exchange, natural engagement, and community interaction.

Goals

The desired outcome was to create an installation that would bring a softness to the geometric form of the current building. Therefore, UAP focused on bringing a unique texture with curves and various forms.

Process

Collaborating closely with SHoP Architects and Woods Bagot, UAP was engaged by Multiplex to undertake the technical design, fabrication and installation of a bespoke water wall feature for CBUS Property and ISPT’s newly developed Collins Arch.