M-City a vision of the future ’20 minute cities’

This past year has drawn attention to the benefits of ’20-minute cities’, where everything a person needs, from health facilities and schools to shopping centres and community gardens, are available within 20 minutes of their home.

“People are going to want to work and play closer to where they live, rather than getting on a train to go into the CBD,” Buchan’s Group Managing Principal Bruce Shaw notes. “New mixed-use developments will have to cater for this, pre-empting the rapid progression of the decentralised workplace, as people continue to work from home.”

Based on the 20-minute neighbourhood concept, the Buchan-designed M-City is a cluster of three 12-storey residential apartments, retail precinct, hotel, entertainment complex, hospitality offerings and an eight-storey office building. Spread across 35,000 square metres, the mini-city developed by the Schiavello Group with Multiplex as the contractor, features all the amenity, dynamism and character of the CBD, bringing new life to the outer Melbourne suburb of Clayton.