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 the livability of 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.
Step inside a monumental, walk-in, blow-up sculpture of winding tunnels and soaring-high domes. Best of all, it’s sustainably powered by Siemens. A co-generation plant underneath Federation Square uses natural gas to generate the electricity that powers ARBORIA.
ARBORIA is created by Alan Parkinson of internationally acclaimed Architects of Air (UK) and is one of a series of Luminaria, which are inflatable structures designed to generate a sense of wonder and enchantment.
Touring Australia in association with Insite Arts, ARBORIA will exhibit in Melbourne only at Federation Square.