Slender Skyscrapers

How can cities manage increased density, land scarcity and the desire for people to be near a CBD hub?

One such solution is slender skyscrapers. Their “compactness” is currently trending throughout the world’s most high-rise cities from New York to Melbourne.

Slender skyscrapers are a specific building typology that have a minimum base width to height ratio of 1:12. What sets these slender forms apart from other skyscrapers is the urban consolidation that can be achieved by these towers on sites previously thought to have been undevelopable to such an extent.

Tower slenderness provides opportunities for improved levels of natural ventilation and solar light access in apartments. At a larger scale, slender skyscrapers can facilitate improved access to light and airflows to the public realm. Slender skyscrapers also present the opportunity to contribute distinct forms to a city skyline.

In Melbourne slender skyscrapers are becoming more common, with a recent example being Collins House. Most recently the Royal Society of Victoria (RSV) has proposed Magic Tower at the corner of La Trobe and Victoria Streets . If approved, this slender skyscraper will become a Melbourne landmark with its elegant and snaking form.

At Kinetica, we recognise that these unique slender forms can showcase the highest of architectural excellence given the exciting prospect that such slim proportions present. Our expert knowledge in Urban Design is often called upon when design concepts and innovative ideas test the boundaries of planning approvals. 

Our expert opinion is highly sought and valued for its both fair and unbiased.

The team at Kinetica, understand complexities of urban design.


Why have we changed our name?

kinetica was formerly known as David Lock Associates (DLA).

David Lock Associates (Australia) Pty Ltd changed its name to Kinetica Studio Pty Ltd on 21 February 2020 to reflect the significant reinvention of the business.

Starting with the crystallisation of our vision and values, continuing with a transformation of our planning offer, and culminating in our move to a ‘grown up’ office in the CBD, we are no longer the business we were.

Paralleling these changes, we agreed with David Lock Associates Limited (the English business which gave birth to DLA Australia) that it is time to undo our formal corporate ties, while retaining a strong informal relationship.

This reinvention of the business needed to be expressed outwardly and we began the process of refreshing our graphic identity. DLA has been predominantly known for urban design expertise, and the name reflects our history as a satellite of an English business. A new name offered the opportunity to establish a refined brand, based on a home-grown organisation featuring planners and urban designers trusted for their expertise and independence.

Our new company name, kinetica, reflects our passion for change.  We facilitate and shape changes in the use, ownership and development of land to create a better lived experience.

kinetica retains the best of DLA—highly regarded independent urban design expertise—and combines it with highly regarded independent planning expertise.