161 Collins Street Refurbishment / Bates Smart

161 Collins Street Refurbishment / Bates Smart

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  • Architects: Bates Smart
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  43000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Photographs Photographs:  Peter Clarke
  • Lead Architects:Bates Smart
  • Clients:Pembroke
  • Engineering:Arup
  • Acoustic Consultant:Arup
  • Civil Consultant:Arup
  • Services Consultant:Arup
  • Heritage Consultant:Bryce Raworth
  • Lighting Consultant:Electrolight
  • Construction Manager:Built
  • Project Manager:Lexicon
  • City:Melbourne
  • Country:Australia
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Text description provided by the architects. International real estate firm Pembroke engaged Bates Smart to undertake an extensive refurbishment of the historic T&G building at the prestigious ‘Paris end’ of Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD. Completed in 1928, the building is considered one of Melbourne’s most beautiful and occupies a significant corner address.

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The project incorporated an extensive upgrade creating a world-class workplace environment. State-of-the-art tenant facilities, brand new end-of-trip facilities, and club-style concierge services are integrated into the design, with significant 4,000sqm campus-style floor plates included around the atrium.

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Lower Ground Floor
Lower Ground Floor
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The heart of the building is the new signature atrium, which has been transformed into a casual tenant-focused working lounge. A range of different spaces allows people to gather and relax, while daylight, natural materials, and greenery create a warm and inviting oasis-like space.

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The project also successfully creates new clarity on the ground plane. The car park entry was relocated from Flinders Lane to Russell Street, allowing for a new pedestrian entrance via Flinders Lane and the provision of sightlines from Collins Street to Federation Square. The main entrance has also been reconfigured to form a clear and unobstructed entry, and a new canopy has been introduced of a proportion and scale appropriate for such a prestigious address.

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Overall, the redevelopment has generated a world-class, A-grade office environment befitting the prestigious Collins Street address and once again has become a true destination.

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Address:Melbourne Victoria, Australia

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Cite: "161 Collins Street Refurbishment / Bates Smart" 06 Jun 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/938934/161-collins-street-refurbishment-bates-smart> ISSN 0719-8884

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