In the heart of the Melbourne CBD, sought after for its prime location at the corner of Swanston St, lies 260 Little Collins – a nine-story block of modern residential apartments encased in a beautifully preserved art deco building. Constructed in 1919, the building lends its history to former clothing retailer Cann’s. Whilst the exterior had worn well overtime, for the residents however, the building had begun to show its age. Besides from the obvious cosmetic upgrades it needed, the overall security of the buildings foyer and fire-access were becoming a problem.


Works undertaken in order to complete this project were vast and varied. Aligning the design with the realities of working with an aging building, then mirroring that, floor to floor, was a process. The success of this design hinged upon simplicity and perfect functionality and the foyer is a beautiful embodiment of both, chic but not in your face about it.


The Client for this project were the body corporate, so the brief was given collectively, contribution to the overall aesthetic were varied but unified by all was the need for increased security of building access, an upgrade to the buildings fire and emergency systems and a more functional entry and foyer were clear key objectives.


Key material was definitely the unique marble, hand selected and sourced after extensive supplier research. It was used extensively on the facade and interior foyer walls. 


The challenge was finding cohesion among a rather large group of people. All with their own ideas and hopes for the outcome, managing a shared budget and shared mutual investment, managing expectations was never more important



The biggest success was achieving an end result that everybody was happy with and ultimately functioned as it was supposed to. 




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