Grandeur with grace
The history of the South Yarra railway station is one of
frequent change and reassembly. What remains of the historic
Hawthorn brick structure is the small A-listed heritage
entry point to the original station, which currently
operates as a members’ club.
The opportunity afforded by the client to construct a multi-level tower to the rear of the heritage building unlocked the potential of the site but was tempered by the caveat that it needed to be a sympathetic accompaniment to the existing structure.
But modern South Yarra, a fashionable and diverse precinct, demanded a sophisticated solution. Accordingly, Hachem embraced an architectural rhythm anchored in heritage shapes and modified it to add detail and focal points, creating a progressive outcome while showing the existing building a high level of respect.