The Arcade

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The Arcade

The Arcade is a new public lane on pivate land connecting South Yarra Station to Claremont Street and Chapel Street. It increases the pedestrian permeability through this emerging precinct, with the view to enriching the public domain. It creates an intimate laneway experience in the tradition of Melbourne laneways, arcades and 'short cuts'  through city blocks.

The lane is a new public space over private land by agreement of neighbouring owners. The resolution of the lane required innovative urban design initiatives in the private and public spheres.

The arcade provides an address for the finer grained services required to support the emerging residential and business population in the precinct.

The arcade reinstates the original permeability of the precinct. It also contemplates a future pedestrian link to the South Yarra Station with provision and clearances for escalators to connect over Yarra Street to a new ticketing and retail deck above the station.

In 2009 it hosted the State of Design launch party and exhibition Convergence curated by Moth Design.

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Client: Michael L Yates & Co
Client representative: Red C
Interiors: Hecker Phelan Guthrie
Builder: Baulderstone
Project manager: Jinton
Services Engineers: O’Neill Group
Planners: Contour 
Graphic Design: Grenade 
Photographer: Dianna Snape