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CBW
Corner Bourke + William Streets, Melbourne

CBW rose from a vacant block in the midst of the financial and law precincts on the corner of Bourke and William Streets, Melbourne. The site is surrounded by 19th and 20th century office towers whose histories and typologies vary. The driver for the master plan was to provide amenity for the surrounding corporate community, activating the street frontages.

The strategy for the retail streetscape is a series of architectural propositions responsive to the past and present histories of the site. Laneways and arcades are introduced and celebrated drawing inspiration from the laneway culture that Melbourne is famous for. The openings along the dominant street frontages range from peep holes to grand stairways providing an experience for the participant.

The public architecture celebrates the relative materiality and scale of the adjacent buildings. The William Street address comprises of highly transparent entry lobby, a black zinc clad podium and a glazed tower which features a russet palette distributed in a manner inspired by the dot painting technique of Australian indigenous art. The architectural team of Bates Smart in joint venture with SJB working in association with NH Architecture was a highly successful collaboration that has achieved 5 star Green Star Certification.

Joint Venture Bates Smart + SJB

Client:
Cbus Property

Area:
100,000 sqm

Completion:
November 2008

Downloads:
CBW-UD-Project-Sheet.pdf



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