Heritage at heart

Walk Arcade Redevelopment Melbourne, Australia

Walk Arcade Redevelopment

Melbourne, Australia

Overview

A multifaceted mixed-use development set to reinvigorate and reactivate this historic urban site in the heart of Melbourne.

This inner-city site encapsulates eight separate buildings of different eras on an entire block, uniquely placed at the intersection of Melbourne’s primary shopping street, Bourke Street Mall, and the city’s north-south retail laneway network.

Bounded by the confluence of the four public street interfaces, all differing in character and function, Buchan’s design creates high value high exposure retail frontages to the north and south of the site.

A new arcade provides continuity to Melbourne’s primary pedestrian axis, along the north-south laneways, enticing foot traffic and public engagement. 

Leveraging the site’s central city location, the redevelopment creates a place that people will be drawn to, generating a sustainable shopping/dining destination precinct for two hotel brands – Holiday Inn and Hotel Indigo – offering over 450 available rooms and an authentically local hotel experience for guests.

Buchan’s carefully curated design response holistically considers materiality, texture, scale, proportion and detail in context of the history of this site – integrating four heritage listed building facades with distinctive, contemporary building forms to enhance the characterful aesthetic of the distinctly “Melbourne” streetscapes they inhabit.

Overview