- Location Melbourne, Australia
- Status Built
- Service Architecture
- Sector Retail
- Area 1,100m²/11,840ft²
- Client Vicinity Centres
The Link is a breathtaking pedestrian walkway that connects Melbourne’s upscale Chadstone Shopping Centre with the Tower One office building and Hotel Chadstone, MGallery by Sofitel. The project, which draws on our architecture, urban planning and interiors expertise, is part of a mixed use masterplan that aims to transform Chadstone – already one of the largest malls in the southern hemisphere – into an internationally recognised shopping, dining, lifestyle and entertainment destination.
Taking cues from the arched glass roof of the shopping centre, we've designed a 110m-long vaulted passageway with an Italian larch glulam diagrid structure and tensile, semi-translucent PTFE canopy. The design is highly robust, with open sides to provide cross-ventilation and eliminate the need for air conditioning.
The space, which soars up to 15m at its tallest point, includes native soft landscaping, plentiful seating and bespoke nighttime lighting, and will neatly traverse the change in site levels with travellators and stairs. The flexible design can accommodate pop-up retail, food and beverage, and events spaces. After Make achieved planning and took the project to early tender, Cera Stribley Architects delivered it.
As an entrance to the ever-evolving Chadstone, The Link offers an elegant, effortless journey through light and greenery, as well as tranquil spaces for relaxing and socialising.
The Link will connect a currently fragmented site and integrate its different uses. It's a wonderful project to work on, combining our different streams of expertise, including urban planning, architecture and interiors.