In 2019, Diadem entered The Future Park Design Ideas Competition presented by the University of Melbourne in partnership with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA). The competition challenged industry leaders to explore the role of parkland in Melbourne in 2050. Drawing a connection between the City of Melbourne’s goal to become free of non-essential vehicles by 2050 and its vast volume of carparking infrastructure, Diadem developed a design solution called ‘multi deck parks’.
Responding to some of the social and environmental challenges the City will face mid-century, multi-deck parks repurpose redundant parking infrastructure into mixed-use community hubs. Designed to collect rainwater and offer green space for leisure, multi-deck parks challenge what we perceive parks can be by connecting us to nature and creating a place for respite in an urban setting.
Although the multi-deck parks concept was developed pre-COVID, it demonstrates Diadem’s ability to think beyond the now and remain ahead of global design trends. The pandemic has only accelerated the need for sustainable design solutions that foster community connection and green space.
Our submission was shortlisted and highly commended for its innovative and sustainable approach to reimagining existing space. It explored the ways in which the City could continue to adapt and respond to changing community and environmental needs while maintaining a strong and trusted place brand presence.