Upon its completion in 1963, the Robert Menzies Building was claimed to be the largest building in Australia. Remarkably, the basement level amenities remained in their original condition, but required a sensitive refurbishment to address serviceability and accessibility. In acknowledgement of the heritage importance of the building, initial work identified areas able to be retained and restored. Detailed analysis of the existing fabric’s form, materiality, colour and scale was used to inform the design response, whilst clearly marking the distinction between old and new.
Acknowledgement of CountryKosloff Architecture respectfully acknowledges the people of the Kulin Nations, on whose land this project stands, and pay respects to Elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded.