Must see: Arup, Damian Rogers propose urban surf park in Melbourne

Melburnian surfers can save a trip (and gas money) if the project comes to fruition

November 19, 2014 |
Renderings courtesy Damian Rogers Architecture, Arup, Squint/Opera

Australia has many great surfing coasts, but for some in Melbourne it would be even better to have the option to catch some waves just steps from the city.

Enter the Docklands Surf Park, a project proposal by Arup and Damian Rogers Architecture that involves creating a massive wave pool of sorts near the city's Docklands neighborhood. The surfing pool would offer 98-foot-wide waves that would run the length of the 500-foot-long enclave, reports Australian newspaper The Age.

The project is in the very early stages of its proposal and still far from realization, but that hasn’t stopped the plan from garnering a lot of fanfare and support from Melburnians and surf enthusiasts.

As for the project’s reception from city officials, this is what surfing magazine Stab reports:

“Arup [is] seeking funding from developers and potential operators rather than the government, but Melbourne City Council and Places Victoria would still have to approve construction. Both [organizations] have met with Arup, and a council spokeswoman said it was an 'interesting concept' if private funding were available. The city of Melbourne has yet to officially back the project.”

More on the story at Gizmodo and The Age.

 

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