Alienated from their physical context, the Superblocks in North Melbourne stand as vast and impenetrable objects within the landscape, isolating their occupants both visually and physically. While these towers offer opportunities for higher levels of interaction due to proximity between residents, they lack the appropriate spaces for social interchange.
High-brid Neighbourhood demonstrates how a hybridised superblock that incorporates positive spatial qualities of suburban neighbourhoods can provide opportunities for social engagement between the residents of the towers and the local community while providing a new direction for vertical high density development.
Drawn from a study of the low-rise suburban condition that dominates Melbourne’s urban fabric, the proposal consists of a series of spatial interventions that attempts to establish a human scale to the towers by permeating the uniform facade to insert suitable spaces for social interaction as well as the expression of personal identity. The proposal aims to improve livability for occupants without decreasing density or scale.