Elegance and calm derives from ‘less is more’
Stanton Williams for Brockton Capital and Milligan Retail
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 18,600 m²
One of the most successful aspects of the original Mailbox conversion from postal office to mixed-use building – with offices and apartments above a retail and parking podium – was the opening of a new pedestrian route through the building. From a retail point of view, however, it performed less well, a fact attributed to the passage being open to the elements.
The brief this time was to breathe life into the multi-level mall by enclosing it. As the scheme was destined for high-end shops, the client stipulated that it should feel more ‘urban room’ than passage. The result is a high-quality arcade with an atmosphere normally associated with art galleries. Its elegance and calm derives from a ‘less is more’ approach. Eschewing a free-for-all of shopfronts, the architect has imposed a unifying aesthetic that draws together walls, floors and roof with a consistent palette of creamy white stone, plaster, glass and metal, which extends to the design of fittings, signage, lighting, alarms and security cameras.