Chadstone Shopping Centre, Stage 30, Chadstone, Victoria
Feasibility Master Plan by James Woodburn
Architects in Association:
The Buchan Group and RTKL
Stage 30 involved the construction of a bulky goods retail area, ground level retail and financial precincts, external café court, upgraded fresh food mall, an expanded first floor gymnasium, basement and rooftop car parks, and a four level office tower located above the retail. The objective was to give Chadstone a point of difference in both retail and food offerings and to incorporate outdoor shopping environment in addition to the existing indoor environment.
Whatever was built had to reflect the essence of Chadstone Shopping Centre. Externally, the bold sweeps and curvaceous backdrops of the Myer and David Jones end of the centre needed to be carried through the new work.
Given the southerly orientation of the outdoor expansion, weather protection for customers was considered paramount. Of course, creating a comfortable environment for outdoor dining in Melbourne has always been challenging. Integration of the new car parks and retail with existing also posed a problem. Given that no part of Chadstone Shopping Centre is flat, dealing with the many different connection point levels and the consequent sloping pavements, created many difficulties.
The southern façade does indeed continue the existing Chadstone big picture aesthetic, whilst introducing a host of smaller details to bring the scale down to a human level.
Wide overhangs, continuous verandas, windbreaks and heating were some of the strategies employed to cope with Melbourne’s seasonal weather. Careful analysis and design of gradients by the team allows customers to move about with little awareness of slopes and changes in levels.