Federation Square or also known as Fed Square was initially designed in 1997 through a public competition announced by former premier Jeff Kennedy, the site later opened on the 26th of October 2002. Consuming a total city block the site has an entire floor area of 38,000 sqm or 9.39 acres, positioned superbly adjacent Flinders Street Station and St. Pauls Cathedral.
The initial competition phase of the project gathered vast interest from architect from around the world, a total of 177 entries was lodged while 41 of them proposals came from architects located overseas. It wasn’t until July 1997 that Lab Architecture Studio (then located in London) and Bates Smart (one of Melbourne’s prominent architects) was awarded the design contract for Federation Square.
The stage of constructing Federation Square had seen some major challenges during the developments lifecycle; the project had seen a change in government in 2001 which inflicted changes to the proposed design of the complex to please heritage critics. As a result the projects final construction cost exceeded well above its estimated budget, the final total was approximately $467 million (AUS) which was over four times the original estimated budget.
The construction stage had many complex construction methods that had to be implemented to construct the extremely unique façade and framework of the buildings, along with the sites famous “Labyrinth” and well know platform “The Deck”.
Located above the railway lines