A collaborative approach resulted in a truly luxurious sense of space for this end-of-trip facility within an iconic tower.

101 Collins Street holds a special place in Melbourne’s design history. The CBD tower was a pioneering commercial project of the early 1990s, with an ambition to resemble a luxury hotel more than a typical office block. This meant a focus on a concierge experience, a grandness of scale and the highest attention to detail.

After 30 years, Gray Puksand was approached to continue this aesthetic with the design of a new end-of-trip facility that would be respectful of the building’s celebrated context. Working within the constraints of an upper basement level, this new facility comprises 44 showers, around 500 bicycle parking spaces and 600 lockers.

“Luxury isn’t just about what you touch and feel. It’s also about the sense of space. Providing extra space around the facility was key to meeting this design criteria, including being able to maintain an impressive ceiling height.” Dale O’Brien – Partner, Gray Puksand

The end-of-trip facility has been a complete success for the client. It has since led to a new focus on wellness at 101 Collins with the addition of ‘RISE’, a wellness space dedicated to yoga, pilates, fitness studios and consulting suites.

"There was no point introducing a completely new design language that didn't have a relevance to the existing building. Their tenants choose that building, they choose to be there, and they like to be there. We really needed to get to the heart of that.”

Dale O’Brien
Partner, Gray Puksand

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