Melbourne CBD Model update: March 2016

Another week and another CBD model update for those of you interested in its progress. The model is at a point now where most of the buildings within the Hoddle Grid, Southbank and Docklands have been modeled.

Attention will now turn to modeling any outstanding existing buildings and proposals in addition to updating other developments such as Melbourne Quarter now that further concrete details are emerging. Recent additions to the model include 63 Exhibition Street, Premier Tower, and 447 Collins Street.

Buildings still to be added include the three tower development at 7-23 Spencer Street, 640 Bourke Street (pending approval of OLS scheme), Tower 5 at Collins Square, 32-44 Flinders Street and 582-606 Collins Street, to name a few.

For those unfamiliar with the colour coding:

  • Red: Proposed / at Planning
  • Blue: Approved
  • Green: Under Construction
CBD and Southbank with Docklands beyond.

Beyond simply the built form, the next stage will focus on the topography and road network, some of which already exists. Eventually the model will naturally have to expand to incorporate the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal area, the Arden precinct and beyond to other activity centres such as South Yarra and Footscray.

At present to limit the size of the file, the model is divided into Hoddle Grid/Central City, Southbank and Docklands. I am often asked the question of why do I do this and what purpose does the model serve?

More than anything I'm interested to see what proposals look like, in context and adjacent to one another and I believe there's value in making this information available to the general public for people to form their own opinions on where Melbourne is going and how it develops into the future to cater for the projected surge in population.

Aerial view of Melbourne.

Additionally, the model provides the opportunity for testing ideas and concepts which then become the subjects of articles on Urban Melbourne. As it continues to develop the overall vision that I have for the model is to have it as an integral component of the Urban Melbourne experience.

Being able to log onto Urban Melbourne and orbit or pan around the model. Turn on layers for buildings at varying stages of their cycles or provide the ability to jump five years ahead for example.

A further possibility which Urban Melbourne is keen to investigate in future is then 3D printing the whole city and putting it on display somewhere, or allowing users to download areas and print them off for themselves.

Still some way to go yet.


Paolo Pennacchia's picture

Hi Laurence,
How does one access the model?
Is this possible at this point in time?

Kind regards,

Paolo Pennacchia
Senior Architect

419 City Road
South Melbourne
Victoria 3205 Australia
tel (03) 9696 6899
fax (03) 9696 1958

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Laurence Dragomir's picture

Hi Paolo,

It's not quite ready yet but hopefully in the not too distant future we will be able to make it available on Urban Melbourne.



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SYmlb's picture

Just wanted to say thanks Laurence for the excellent work. I can tell a lot of time and effort has gone into this, and it's appreciated.

And just look at that northern cluster, it's almost like another city in itself going up there.

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drunkill's picture

Great work Laurence, out of date already though, with the Queens Place approvals.

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Andy Li's picture

Hey Laurence,

Great stuff done, I am an university student who's going to be keen to use the model. Are there any possible ways of accessing this model before you have it on urban melbourne?

Best regards

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