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Federation Square, Melbourne

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Federation Square
CBD, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Federation Square is an imaginative vision of urban life. This is a city precinct that consolidates cultural, recreational and commercial activities along the river while maintaining real links to Melbourne’s adjoining cultural and commercial districts.

Federation Square includes three buildings: The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, dedicated entirely to the works of Australian artists; the Cinemedia Centre, which houses the new SBS studios and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, providing facilities and performance venues for film and multimedia; and the Atrium, which offers a unique, all-year round weather protected space extending from Flinders Street to the banks of the Yarra River.

LAB & Bates Smart won the second stage design competition and were appointed as joint architects and interior designers for the project, one of the most challenging complexes ever built in Australia. Bates Smart provided design development, documentation and quality control services to ensure robust design outcomes. The controversial, yet widely acclaimed group of buildings has quickly won a venerated place in the Melbourne CBD environment.

Joint venture between Bates Smart & LAB Architecture Studio.

Client
Federation Square Management

Area
44,000 sqm

Completion
December 2002

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