Portrait Building | ARM Architects

16 September, 2010

PROJECT Portrait Building
LOCATION Old Carlton Brewery Site, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
YEAR 2010

Grocon have this week launched the Portrait building,  designed by ARM, for their new development on the site of the old Carlton Brewery. The building’s facade of sculpted balconies depicts the face of indigenous leader and artist William Barak.

From ARM:

“The design of the facade was developed with the consultation and approval of Wurundjeri representatives who have welcomed this symbolic representation of Melbourne’s indigenous culture and history.

The image of William Barak also references the deep history of our land – a strong and dramatic presence, and a symbol of our shared identity and heritage. It is a homage to the First Australians, and recognition of our complementary history.

Wurundjeri Tribal Council CEO Megan Goulding said “the Elders have noted that it’s Grocon’s intention to pay respect to both Barak and the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners of Melbourne and the greater Melbourne region over many thousands of years”.

Congratulations to ARM on an excellent site-specific integration of artwork and architecture. It is sure to make a strong and lasting contribution to the site and the city.

See also ARM and Australian Design Review | ARM designs ‘Portrait’ building for Carlton Brewery site

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