Victoria Architecture Awards: a true integration of market and city

Munro Site – Queen Victoria Market Precinct

Urban Design Commendation

The vibrant mixed-use environment has been awarded a Commendation by the Australian Institute of Architects Victoria Chapter.


The Munro site development, adjacent to the Queen Victoria Market was a continuous 7-year collaboration between the City of Melbourne, PDG Corporation and architects Bates Smart and Six Degrees.

The urban design strategy introduced a new central laneway (dhanga djeembana Walk) providing pedestrian links to the south through to Franklin Street, while additional smaller connections throughout the site encourage movement and increased activation.

The project presents a strong focus at the street level with over 80% of building frontages activated with retail and hospitality, further extending activation throughout the precinct. The new underground carpark replaces the previous on-grade parking and enabled the inclusion of an urban park to the precinct.

The full site features a Build-To-Rent tower, Veriu hotel, City Library, Family Services, social housing, underground carpark as well as new retail and food and beverage.

AIA Jury Citation