Since opening in 2002, Federation Square has been embraced as Melbourne’s “Meeting Place”. The size of a city block, it is not just a first-class venue for cultural attractions and events, but provides the type of communal urban space that is vital to the well-being of any city.
Millions of people pass through Federation Square every year. It hosts large-scale exhibitions and small commercial outlets alike, and the complex architecture of the location presents a range of environmental challenges. However, sustainability initiatives implemented under a Siemens Energy Performance Contract have helped optimise energy and water consumption while minimising waste.
Largely invisible to the public eye, these sustainability measures, which have a payback period of just eight years, have helped Fed Square become a carbon-neutral precinct, demonstrating how advanced technology can power livability in our cities.
Simple ingenuityAfter years dedicated to reducing water, waste and energy consumption, Federation Square became a carbon-neutral precinct in 2015. Some of these savings are a result of both simple and highly innovative initiatives, supported by Siemens through an Energy Performance Contract as part of Victoria’s Greener Government Buildings Program.
The Anything But Square Festival powered by Siemens will see Federation Square transformed into a mecca of vibrant and extraordinary experiences during August.
The official program will feature a kaleidoscope of events, activities, and installations, including the Sensory Underground: an immersive dining experience by Tokyo Tina. Drawing on predicted dining trends for the year 2045, the futuristic experience will take place in a unique space accessible beneath Fed Square that few members of the public have seen and where no-one has previously dined.
Speaking about the partnership, Steve Wooderson, Executive General Manager of Smart Infrastructure Solutions and Services at Siemens Australia said: "We’ve had a long history with Fed Square and are proud to extend this to the Anything But Square Festival. As one of the world’s most sustainable companies, we use technology to create environments that care in the communities around us. We hope that people enjoy the festival and all the wonderful experiences it offers.”