The Chadstone Shopping Centre in Melbourne recently opened its $660 million expansion.The Chadstone Shopping Centre in Melbourne first opened its doors in 1960, modelled on the successful development of shopping malls in the US. In the intervening years, the mall has undergone 34 redevelopments and more than quadrupled in size, today boasting to be the largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere.
The latest expansion of the shopping centre, which involved an investment of $660 million, was recently opened. The latest development was the brain child of The Buchan Group, as Executive Architect, and CallisonRTKL, as Concept Designer. CallisonRTKL was formed in 2015, following the combination of Callison and RTKL as subsidiaries of Arcadis – today it has a team of 2,000 specialist consultants globally.
One of CallisonRTKL’s central roles was the development of the 31-meter high, 7,000-square meter gridshell glass roof. The roof provides considerable natural sunlight, as well as an iconic space under which to shop. In addition, the firm worked on the development of space for 100 new retailers and entertainment offerings – which includes a Legoland amusement centre.