Collins PlaceMelbourne VIC Australia
To add too much to Collins Place, designed by IM Pei, would be to destroy the spirit and experience of this inherently beautiful sense of space. To do too little would be to miss the opportunity for grandeur that the space provides. That, in short, was the challenge.
Our design highlights the space itself, punctuating it and providing direction for pedestrians with sculptural seating. Bronze and silver-toned metal elements dynamically reflect the light and connect the solidity of the ground area with the ephemeral lightness of the vast volume of air above.
We demarcated the tower entries more clearly using double-height gateways in glass and steel, providing clear signage and identification for the building’s tenants. The lobby to 35 Collins Street is highlighted with a distinctive feature wall, and we used reflective and backlit surfaces to blur boundaries and enhance the perception of space.
The result is a more positive access point to this ‘city within a city’, a modern reinvigoration of the original architectural concept which has a clear sense of scale and flow from a pedestrian’s eye view. Future projects will upgrade the grand space itself and the entrance to Kino cinema.