No. 1 Collins Street Melbourne

role Architecture, Interior Design value $50 million area 20,000m² completion date 1985 client Jack Chia Australia Pty Ltd

No. 1 Collins Street broke new ground during development, as its planning initiatives sought to retain sections of the important historic buildings that occupied the site rather than opting for total demolition. The planning permit process that resulted in the present building was undertaken in close liaison with the National Trust and the Planning Ministry and involved the removal of some of the historic structures from the Historic Buildings Register.

The building is located behind the retained sections of these historic structures. Nevertheless it has a recognisable identity with its stepped corner tower and highly grid elevations. The access from Collins Street through the arcades of a former pair of Victorian terrace houses gives grandeur to the sequence of entrance spaces. These spaces include a top lit atrium and a two storey high marble foyer.

No. 1 Collins Street is not a new office building, however it is still a sought after commercial address, demonstrating the ability of excellent and perceptive design to survive the rigours of time. The building has been the recipient of a number of design awards including the William Wilkinson Wardell Award.