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For the Uber Elevate Summit 2019, Pickard Chilton and Arup were again engaged to design a concept for a Skyport Mobility Hub for 2023, the Uber Sky Loft, and had the privilege of being the only team designated by Uber to design a Skyport for their first international launch market in Melbourne, Australia. The proposed initial network includes the retrofit of an existing parking structure and the design of a bespoke greenfield solution.
The Sky Loft’s design creates a compelling and seamless user experience while delivering an elegant and high-performance building. The Sky Loft is distinguished by its extensive use of a highly sustainable mass timber structure - easily sourced, renewable and manufactured off-site – to offset tons of carbon while featuring the beauty of natural wood. The design was driven by our team’s common aspirations to deliver a structure that positively contributes to the built environment while stewarding the natural environment.
Sky Loft program areas include a Skyport Lounge, Uber Greenlight Hub, an operations facility for JUMP bike and scooter sharing, and retail. On-site transit options include Uber ride sharing, JUMP bike and scooter rental, and Uber Air service; additionally, the Sky Loft is located a short walk from other public transit options.
For an invited competition, Pickard Chilton and ARUP collaborated on the concept design for a Mega-Skyport – Uber’s vision for a next-generation urban aviation transport system. Dubbed “Sky Tower,” the project is intended to facilitate at least 1000 vehicle arrivals and 1000 departures per hour, with each vehicle accommodating up to five passengers.