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Melbourne Is Getting Its First Zaha Hadid Building

Following approval by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the City of Melbourne will be home to the Zaha Hadid Architects’ “Stacked Vase Tower.” The 54-story, multipurpose structure will be the first of Hadid’s in the Australian city. Spanning a total of 70,000 square meters, the tower is designed to accommodate office, retail, residential, and even public spaces while using 50% less energy than most other buildings. As practical as the structure has been designed, it will be equally stunning. The all-white, planar columns covering the exterior are a modern interpretation of historical architecture, resulting in a sculpture-like presence. No targeted completion date has been announced, but in the meantime, check out the photos above and video below for a closer look.