Learn more about Federation Square, including its history, why it is Victoria's most loved public space, and the current debate around Apple's plan to demolish it.
Apple in Federation Square
In late December 2017, the Victorian Government and Federation Square announced that the 15-year-old Yarra Building at Federation Square would be demolished to make way for a new Foster + Partners designed 'flagship' Apple store. In partnership with PIA, AIA, and AILA, Open House Melbourne hosted a free public debate on the evening of 13 February 2018 at Deakin Edge, Federation Square. This was an opportunity to hear from members of the architecture and planning profession, cultural and arts sector leaders, and public office representatives about the divisive decision that had generated a lot of public attention. This event was an opportunity for Melburnians to hear both sides of the debate and was live streamed across the Open House Melbourne website.
Federation Square’s 10th Anniversary
The creation of a public space. A contemporary urban and civic space for the people of Melbourne. Released October 2012 to mark Federation Square’s 10th anniversary celebrations, this short film travels back in time to take a look at what makes Federation Square so unique. Watch some of the memorable moments that have helped make Federation Square the true heart of Melbourne.
Inside The Square
In 1997 the Premier of Victoria, held an international design competition to create a bold new civic and cultural centre for Melbourne. Released in 2003, this film follows the final year of construction in the lead up to the opening of Federation Square. Watch interviews with the original architects and Federation Square management as they journey toward successfully establishing a brand new public space for all Victorians while navigating a set of design and political challenges.
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