570 Little Bourke

Design of 570 Little Bourke Street, commissioned by Argo Group, is a result of our collaboration with UNStudio.

Spanning twenty-three levels of boutique office convenience, ground floor and basement retail space, 570 Little Bourke features a plethora of high-end amenities and services for the office users, including curated retail, restaurants, hotel-like end of trip facilities and green terraces.

Over the past decade, most of Melbourne CBD’s Hoddle grid already transitioned from strictly business to a lively mix of hospitality, retail and residential. 570 Little Bourke adds another stone to the gentrifying mosaic of the legal precinct, where the subject site is situated.

The power of 570 Little Bourke is a fusion of the different boutique sectors, which blurs between corporate, hospitality and retail. The proposal combines a spatial arrangement that blends the best of them all.

With the paradigmatic shift in contemporary workstyles, the proposal offers a dynamic and productive collaborative workplace. Next to the people-centred and high flexibility approach, the design consideration comes from the activation of the neighbouring streets. The slender building is porous and inviting for the pedestrians; the new retail passage opens to street flows from King Street to Brown Alley, ending in the public park, which aims to become a new communal epicentre of the alley. The pedestrianisation is intense; the historical building on the corner of the Little Bourke and King Street will reinstate its historical memory as a fine dining destination. The main office entrance from Little Bourke Street flirts with the hospitality amenities on the way to the lift lobby. All other pedestrian entrances follow through within the retail areas, replacing the idea of the monumentality of the conventional corporate towers.

The project will boost the public realm with the fine-grain activation of the larger street block. The placemaking includes the porous block of small-scale retail, uplifted laneway, rejuvenated green park and the street boulevard. The retail and public spaces also distribute vertically, creating homely spaces for the workers to refresh; it is well known how successful Melbourne’s basement retail spaces can be so we also included this feature into the design scheme.

The fusing spaces at 570 Little Bourke Street have the staying power. The next stage of the design development will dive further into these merging areas.

Project Data:
Client: Argo Group
Location: 570 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne.
Site Area: 1,188 m2
GFA: 24,300 m2
Height: 23 L
Office: 16,400 m2
Retail: 2,100 m2
Status: Planning Approval received

XO Projects Team:
Igor Kebel, Eriko Watanabe, Shalom Chang, Bennett Wang, Stephen Hannon, Wicks Wang, Sara Tan

UNStudio Team:
Ben van Berkel, Sander Versluis and Jan Schellhoff with Alexandra Virlan, Eva Poulopoulou, Bart Chompff, Marco Cimenti, Andrii Chudicow, Bao An Nguyen Phuoc, Patrik Noome

Client: Argo Group
Acoustic Engineer: Acoustic Logic
Building Services: WSP
Building Surveyor: Gardner Group
ESD Consultant: Ark Resources
Heritage: Bryce Raworth
Landscape Architect: Aspect Studios
Placemaking: Village Well
Quantity Survey: Rider Levett Bucknall
Planning Consultant: Urbis
Renders: Negativ
Traffic Consultants: Traffix
Waste Management: Leigh Design
Wind Engineer: Windtech

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