All Victorians are invited to have a say on proposed plans to demolish the Yarra Building at Federation Square and construct a new Apple Global Flagship Store. The plans are currently being advertised by Heritage Victoria due to the Interim Protection Order placed on the site following the National Trust’s nomination of Fed Square to the Victorian Heritage Register.
Proposed Apple Store Plans
On Wednesday 30 January 2019, Heritage Victoria advertised a permit application for the demolition of the Yarra Building at Federation Square. The permit application includes the most comprehensive documentation about the project which has yet been made publicly available. Permit documents can be downloaded at Heritage Victoria’s website, or via our Dropbox.
Have Your Say
To make a submission, email [email protected]. Submissions close on Wednesday 13 February. Written submissions should consider the impact of the proposal on the heritage values of Federation Square, and clearly state whether you support or object to the proposal. The heritage values of Federation Square are outlined below. For more information about the process, and tips on writing your submission, download our Advocacy Toolkit.
Federation Square is significant at the State level for the following reasons:
Federation Square is historically significant as Victoria’s principal and most enduring response to the commemoration of Australia’s Centenary of Federation (1901-2001). It was the State of Victoria and City of Melbourne’s major public commission for the Centenary and incorporates a design language and art works relating to Federation. [Criterion A]
Federation Square is significant as a notable public square. It is a fine and highly intact example of its class and displays high quality design characteristics. As a large, open urban space with civic prominence, it has become Melbourne’s pre-eminent mass gathering place and attracts visitors from across Victoria, nationally and internationally. [Criterion D]
Federation Square is significant for its aesthetic and architectural qualities. It has visually distinctive non-orthogonal forms and uses a unique design grammar of lines and fractal geometries combined to achieve a complex architectural aesthetic of coherence and difference. Federation Square is one of the most awarded projects in the history of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Victoria, and has been critically acclaimed in state, national and international architectural publications. [Criterion E]
Federation Square is technologically significant for its engineering achievements. The decking over the former Jolimont railyards was the first large scale application of this technology and it remains the largest expanse of railway decking built in Victoria and Australia. The use of computer aided design (CAD) and emerging 3D computer programs for modelling and documentation, the design and construction of the façade ‘wraps’, and the structure of the Atrium, were all innovative and complex for their time. The Labyrinth system for storing and dispersing air demonstrates a high degree of technical achievement as the reintroduction and expansion of a previously obsolete technique. [Criterion F]
Federation Square is socially significant to the Victorian community as the state’s pre-eminent civic space for public gatherings. It has been regularly used in times of celebration, grief and protest, such as the Iraq War demonstration in 2003. The public screen allows for live streaming to a mass audience of historically important events such as the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the Apology to the Stolen Generations in 2008. Federation Square is also significant as the location of some of Victoria’s most important arts and cultural institutions. There are particularly strong associations between the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, the Koorie Heritage Trust and the Deakin Edge auditorium and their communities. [Criterion G]
Federation Square has a special association with LAB Architecture Studio and its directors Peter Davidson and Donald L Bates. They have made a strong and influential contribution to the course of Victoria’s history through the design of Federation Square, one of the most awarded projects in the history of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Victoria. [Criterion H]
Update on Heritage Registration
Following the National Trust’s nomination of Federation Square to the Victorian Heritage Register in July 2018, the Executive Director of Heritage Victoria has issued an Interim Protection Order (IPO) while the heritage registration is processed. In October Heritage Victoria has made a recommendation to the Heritage Council of Victoria that it be permanently added to the Register. Following a period of public consultation, the Heritage Council received an unprecedented number of submissions, more than 750 in total, mostly in support of heritage protection. A hearing has been scheduled for 15-17 April 2019.