Cox Architecture director Paul Curry is set to present at the upcoming $2.8 billion Melbourne Square precinct development at the 3rd Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit.

Located within Melbourne’s inner-city Southbank area, Melbourne Square will consist of six mixed-use office, hotel and residential towers upon its 2027 completion.

Beyond the presence of these structures will sit Southbank’s largest reserve of green open parkland, accessible to tenants and to the broader public.

This public park seeks to green Southbank and celebrate Melbourne’s garden state identity, while addressing the city’s physical and social context in order to shape its future and preserve its most valued aspects.

The overarching theme of the summit, ‘Cities in the Sky – Transforming the Broader Urban Fabric’ will weave into Curry’s presentation through analysing the precinct’s function as a link to the broader city.

“The grandeur of Melbourne Square lies in its city scaled vision for the precinct and the prominence of the site on approach towards the CBD,” Curry says.

“The sculptural forms of the buildings are very much a part of this vision; the materiality and form of the slender towers evolve organically from the park and serve to define the project against the city skyline and form a new gateway to the City and Arts Precinct.”

Curry’s says his speech will centre around effective design for multi-tower urban precincts that must serve a variety of diverse tenant and local needs, highlighting how Melbourne Square aims to accommodate these diverse needs through its physical and natural elements, while redefining Melbourne’s city skyline.

The 3rd Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit will be held on the 25-26 June at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.