NH Architecture was appointed by Frasers Property to design the world’s most sustainable shopping centre in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, which redefines the assumed antithesis of the consumer experience and sustainable development. The urban regeneration project presents Australia’s first retail build to receive a 6 Green Star Design and As Built rating, as well as being the first shopping centre in the world to achieve Living Building Challenge® Petal Certification. The biophilic design uniquely considers human scale, each of the building’s multiple elements offer a sensory experience through the pastiche of contrasting, yet coherent design motifs.
Reclaimed and recycled materials are consistent throughout the buildings language, with the timber, brick and furnishing’s expression all being derived from natural forms. The curved, crushed brick and glass façade offers a unique tactility through the juxtaposition of variated textures, whilst also referencing the site’s history. The historic reimagination is further actualised in the ‘factory-esque’ form of the sawtooth roof.