Collins House- Designing Superslim in Melbourne

John Czechowski
Senior Architect
Bates Smart, Melbourne

Collins House Melbourne, the newest super slim tower to hit the global stage, will be the most slender tower in Australia and the fourth globally. The momentous ultra-slim line tower with a slenderness ratio of 1:16.5 is designed as an entirely integrated architecture, interior, engineering and construction design solution and employs world’s first prefabrication and documentation methodologies. The narrow site required the team to invent a 3D prefabricated composite construction system that radically reduces construction timeframes, kick starting the viability of the development and overturning the traditional economic and development parameters of building tall structures. This revolutionary approach to the delivery of the project required the project team to assist in the development of innovative fabrication opportunities, using BIM to enable an accelerated construction process. “The design of this tower is uncompromising in its use of contemporary thinking almost unseen in today’s world of high rise development."

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