QV is an urban village occupying an entire block in the heart of the city of Melbourne. The urban strategy of the project was to create a precinct responsive to Melbourne’s 19th century history, while celebrating the life of the city through contemporary architecture and design.
The site was divided into a number of discrete pedestrian precincts: a city within a city. Fronting Swanston Street and adjoining the State Library, the project also negotiates a course between the demands of shop front, retail architecture and the civic responsibilities of public architecture.
A further challenge for this project is to simulate the richness and diversity of the city, (created over more than one hundred years of accumulated history), in a single, purpose built complex.