Location: MELBOURNE
Date: 2013-2016
Client: QIC, SEVENTH WAVE
Status: Completed
Size: 58,000m² retail
Credits: Architect: ACME (Nick Channon, Andrea Collar, Deena Fakhro, Friedrich Ludewig, Lucy Moroney, Paolo Moretto, Walee Phiriyaphongsak, Jan Saggau, Gemma Serra)
Executive Architect: The Buchan Group
Contractor: Probuild
Structural: AKT/ Hyder
Services : Hoare Lea/ NDY
Project Management: Thinc
Quantity Surveyor: WT Partnership

CENTRAL MALL
Interior Design: Universal Design Studio
Executive Architect: The Buchan Group

EAST MALL
Architect: Softroom
Interior Design: Universal Design Studio
Executive Architect: The Buchan Group

Photographer: Cristobal Palma, Micheal Gazzola

The suburban fringe of Melbourne has been growing fast in the past decade. One of the more affluent eastern suburbs, Ringwood is dominated by Eastland, an indoor retail precinct dating originally from the 1960s. Eastland town square is a new public space surrounded by a new civic centre including a library, a new train station, a David Jones department store, a number of restaurants and sitting atop a 120.000sqm shopping centre.

The Shard appears in the centre of the space as a small architectural steel folly connecting the town square to the subterranean levels of the mall. The surrounding plaza is designed to accommodate changing public functions such as weekend market stalls, outdoor concerts and other public gatherings. The public space is defined by a strong pavement pattern consisting of three shades of local stone, used in varying scales to transition from large open areas to thresholds.

Grand shop-front portals frame the square, defined by solid stone pilasters which play with a repetitive minimal tectonic form to create an overall unifying identity for the square. Landscape is contained by solid blue-stone edging, curved to invite use as casual seating. Trees and lights break the scale of the space, and ensure that it feels busy and alive at all times.