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BDAV 2017 Building Design Awards

Block Court Restoration

Winner Non-Residential Restoration

Designer: Jarrod Sinclair Builder: Schiavello Construction (Vic) P/L
Photographer: Simon Anderson Photographer Location: Melbourne, VIC

The iconic Collins Street ‘Block Court’ in Melbourne has been graciously revealed, restored and rediscovered with this restoration that may otherwise never have been found. Transforming the access-way to celebrate the splendour of the 1890s, the intricate ceiling is clearly the highlight of the restoration and artisanship. The designer has met the clients’ expectations of form and finish that is both prestigious and timeless, certainly not typical of contemporary banking sites. Restoring the original intent to an active thoroughfare has created a vibrant hub that respects the well-known location and splendour of a century past. A remarkable transition that is unrecognisable from its previous life, to a functional stately environment.