180 Flinders StreetMelbourne VIC Australia
Overlooking Federation Square, the Botanic Gardens and the surrounding laneways, the revitalisation of 180 Flinders Street will create a vibrant precinct that respects the heritage and cultural value of the area.
The overall design response takes its lead from the Ball and Welch building’s prominent heritage facade where the emphasis is on exquisitely crafted detail. Conceptually, a narrative which speaks to the Ball and Welch’s former use as a department and drapery store is developed – a perforated and pleated metal screen to the east façade, a series of shifting travertine slabs within the lobby, and play of fine metal fins that dance across the Flinders St façade, all talk to the notion of drapery, of a fabric-like effect expressed within the architecture.
Above the existing heritage building, an additional five levels house newly constructed flexible workspaces with a new lobby and light-filled atrium space. The design of the atrium provides a visual connection with the rear laneways, rising to a vegetated green rooftop and entertainment area with city views.