Iconic Melbourne windmill?

Iconic Melbourne windmill?

14 September, 2011
Southern Star observation wheel
Putting a new spin on the Aussie tourist attraction
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Melbourne’s iconic Southern Star Observation Wheel was decommissioned last year, after it had to be shut down repeatedly due to cracks and buckling. Designers put on their thinking caps to imagine what could be done with the 40-storey tall structure, designed to resemble the even-point Federation Star. One possibility that was raised was to re-invent the wheel (pardon the pun) into an energy-generating windmill outfitted with solar sails. The concept of bringing nature to people, and the adaptive re-use of outdated infrastructure, would be a fitting use of the ageing landmark. Plans are still in place to repair the Wheel and open it back up to the public, but even as a fully operational tourist attraction, could there be a place for some solar sails or power-generating blades?

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By: Ecozine Staff
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