As our cities get more populated and land is at an ever bigger premium, the obvious answer is to build upwards. However, stacking different uses vertically can bring sizable noise impacts above and below.

Acoustics are an essential element to get right, but when done properly, there is no limit to how buildings can be put together. A new 16-storey development in Melbourne’s Docklands is one such example of the growing trend for multi-use spaces stacked vertically. Containing a mix of offices, retail space…