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.