Harbour Esplanade, Docklands Melbourne

Features: Harbour Esplanade is the main public thoroughfare in Melbourne Docklands and has been transformed into a major waterfront destination, providing locals with more neighbourhood parks and open spaces.

Vipac’s role: To conduct a study of the wind environment at the proposed heart of the Melbourne Docklands Precinct.

Challenge: To achieve microclimate comfort in diverse wind conditions (cold southerly, hot northerly).

Benefit: Found significant exposure to strong northerly and southerly winds due to channelling and downwash from adjacent buildings, and recommended wind-controlling mechanisms to enhance the pedestrian comfort and accommodate a variety of seasonal solar exposures.

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