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The New Four Seasons Melbourne Will Have the World’s Tallest Vertical Garden

When biophilic design meets luxury hospitality.

Four Seasons Hotel Melbourne, greenscraper

By Dobrina Zhekova

Mar 9, 2022

Green Edit

HAVE YOU HEARD the term ‘greenscraper’ yet? Biophilic design — or integrating natural elements in architecture — is not a new concept, but the practice has become increasingly popular in large-scale projects. From Singapore Changi Airport’s lush forest (where you can even go glamping) to China’s vertical forest in Nanjing that fights air pollution and Denver’s brand-new residential tower that will feature cascading plants, a water feature, and a hiking trail incorporated into its façade, biophilic designs are getting bolder and more impressive. And down in Melbourne, Four Seasons is getting on board.

A new hotel from the luxury brand will be housed in the world’s tallest greenscraper, Australia’s STH BNK By Beulah. The high-end property will feature 210 rooms and offer panoramic views over Melbourne‘s skyline, beachfront, and Royal Botanical Gardens. Guests will be welcomed in the Sky Lobby on the 63rd floor and treated to a sprawling rooftop restaurant and bar, spa and wellness facilities, and multiple event spaces.

Four Seasons Hotel Melbourne

“This project will set a new standard for luxury in Melbourne, offering guests an exceptional Four Seasons experience set within an environment that will be unmatched in this market,” Bart Carnahan, Four Seasons’ president of global business development and portfolio management, said in a statement released to Travel + Leisure.

Guests of the Melbourne hotel, which will be the second Four Seasons in Australia (the other is Four Seasons Hotel Sydney), will also have access to the impressive array of services and amenities from STH BNK By Beulah, which will include a childcare center, a health and wellness area, an art gallery, public green spaces, a rooftop sky garden, a 3,000-seat auditorium, experiential retail, and much more.

Four Seasons Hotel Melbourne

The new development is envisioned as a “vertical mini-metropolis,” per the brand, and will comprise two towers and the world’s tallest vertical garden, extending a whopping 5.4 kilometers into the sky. Created by UNStudio and Cox Architecture, the eye-catching design was conceived as “a ‘green spine’ of vertically networked platforms, terraces and verandas […] created by the splitting open of the potential single mass at its core, thereby forming two separate high rise structures,” according to UNStudio’s website.

Construction of the 253,485-square-meter building is expected to start later this year and take approximately five more to complete. But with so many of the world’s biggest and tallest often feeling, well, superfluous, this stunning, eco-friendly vertical garden at Four Seasons Hotel Melbourne will be worth the wait.

All photos courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Melbourne.

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