July 10, 2015
A multimillion dollar transparent steel and ETFE roof canopy is the first in a series of upgrades set to begin at Harbour Town Melbourne. The redevelopment will establish the centre as one of Melbourne’s leading shopping and entertainment precincts.
The unique canopy, designed by The Buchan Group, will provide shelter from the elements and cover Star Crescent and Wharf Street. The challenge was to propose a design which not only enhances the existing centre through complimenting the outdoor user experience, but is expressed in a contemporary architectural form. The team explored a number of concepts to arrive at the most suitable design solution.
“The overriding design imperative for the canopy project is to touch as lightly and unobtrusively as possible on the ‘open’ sense of the existing centre,” said Project Principal, Joe Genovesi.
“We have the opportunity to enhance the customer experience by providing additional protection from the elements by incorporating a simple and elegant ‘floating’ canopy that allows natural light to penetrate and provide a year round outdoor shopping experience.”
In addition to the expansive roof canopy, redevelopment of mall facades and shopping amenities will provide a significant boost to the overall shopping and leisure experience of the Centre.
AsheMorgan, the specialised real estate investment and advisory group and owners of Harbour Town, are set to undertake significant capital investment in the centre in the years ahead, bringing to life this unique shopping and lifestyle destination.