Multiplicity – Melbourne, Australia
Very much in the ‘what-if?’ category, the Multiplicity from Melbourne’s John Wardle Architects came about as part of a project (‘Now And When: Australian Urbanism’) to imagine what our capital cities would look like in 100 years.
The result conceives a future where all ground space is taken, so another level is built on top of the business district. The city-topping platform would be suspended on pylons between buildings, with the surface mostly a fresh level of greenery, providing an oasis from the city below, and large parts put aside for food production to make the city semi-sustainable.
Buildings would interact with or simply break through the new top layer (just imagine the estate agent pitch for ‘sun-view’ ﬂats, and the price to match), while transparent peaks and troughs in the surface would ﬁlter sunlight through to the (mole) people below.