South Yarra

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.