101 Collins Street in Melbourne has long been an iconic landmark, gracing the city’s stunning skyline for over 30 years. The lobby of this prestigious building has always been a defining feature, but as times change, so do the expectations of its valued customers. Balancing the preservation of its original architectural intent with the need to meet modern demands was a challenging task. However, the recently completed staircase at 101 Collins Street, crafted by Active Metal and designed in collaboration with Bates Smart, has achieved the remarkable feat of seamlessly blending heritage and contemporary design.
Preserving the identity of a historical building while incorporating modern elements can be a delicate process. With the completion of the staircase, 101 Collins Street has managed to strike the perfect balance. The architects at Bates Smart – Interior and Associate Director Grant Filipoff recognised the importance of maintaining the connection between the two vibrant worlds surrounding the building: Collins Street and Flinders Lane. By giving equal importance to both entrances, the staircase effectively becomes the link that unifies these contrasting elements.
The staircase design seamlessly merges the elegance and sophistication of Collins Street with the dynamic and vibrant energy of Flinders Lane. This creative vision transforms the staircase into a captivating experience, inviting visitors to explore and appreciate the architectural marvel.
Every aspect of the staircase has been meticulously crafted to honour the original architectural intent while meeting the high expectations of the building’s esteemed clientele. The balustrade, a standout feature, is made from solid brass with a bronze patina finish. The choice of material exudes a sense of luxury and refinement, while the bronze patina adds a touch of warmth and character. Active Metal handcrafted and machined the balustrade, ensuring the utmost attention to detail.
This attention to detail highlights the dedication to craftsmanship and adds a touch of luxury and refinement to the design.