Federation Square: cnr Flinders and Swanston Street, MELBOURNE
Building ProfileName : Federation Square
LocationAddress: cnr Flinders and Swanston Street
Federation Square is a landmark
Construction DetailsBuilt: 2000 - 2003
Original use: Public
Current use: Public
number of floors : 3
Built in the Recent period in the Deconstructivist style
Federation Square is a massive complex on the banks of the Yarra, built to mark the centenary of Federation. The Fed Square building was the result of an International Competition. Federation Square sits on the main intersection of Melbourne and was formed by covering the Princes Gate railyards with a large and expensive concrete decking. A set of juxtaposed buildings forming complex relationships, Fed Sqare is composed of three shards. The Western Shard, composed of glass was cut short by premier Steve Bracks during construction for political reasons. Another shard, cladded in a silver material is tall and slender, marked by the unusual shape. The two together were designed to frame the view of St Pauls Cathedral, making it appear more prominent. A third shard is a riverside nightclub, with a video screen. The forecourt of Federation Square is composed of sandstone from the Kimberley region in Western Australia. Other Fed Square buildings are clad in a complex geometrical composition of materials broken by silver cladded elements and green glass. A huge open atrium of complex triangular glass panels intersects the building and joins the CBD with the river. The result is a modern but highly unusual building that has proven to be popular and continues to attract crowds.
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HistoryArchitect: Lab Architects
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