Luxury isn't just about what we touch and feel. It's also about a sense of space and place.
101 Collins Street is a joint venture between SFIT Property Funds and Kern Corporation Limited. This same team created Grosvenor Place in Sydney. Denton Corker Marshall in conjunction with the internationally acclaimed American consultants Johnson Burgee, are responsible for the scale and grandeur of 101 Collins Street.
The model of 101 Collins Street is unveiled by the Victorian Minister for Planning and Environment, the Honourable Tom Roper MP. Watched by the Chairman of the Commonwealth Superannuation Fund Investment Trust, Mr. Laurie Willett, and the Chief Executive of Kern Corporation, Mr. Barry Paul.
According to architect John Denton, foyers are theatrical. “After the exterior, they are the next impression. You spend your money there and you can get more upstairs.” The 101 Collins foyer was designed to be the length of half a city block, from Collins St to Flinders Lane – 5,400sqm.
The last section of the wall of the former CRA building is reduced to rubble by a bulldozer operated by the Victorian Minister for Planning and Environment, the Honourable Tom Roper MP.
The core construction creates column free spaces, allowing for larger floorplates. Architect Bill Corker explains at the time, “It’s pretty clear the market is demanding big floors. A good floor is 1,900sqm. Two or three years ago, 1,400sqm was a good floor.” The unique floorplan provides up to 12 corner offices, and floors are serviced by a total of 30 lifts.
A grey granite curtain wall, the latest architectural design trend in the United States at the time, is hung on the tower’s façade, instead of the more traditional steel and glass. According to Bill Corker, the aesthetic effect of the new design would create the impression that the building has been carved out of a single block of stone.