ZARA Retail Store Bourke Street Melbourne

ZARA Australia

Bokor Architecture + Interiors

An existing six level heritage building was subject to extensive retrofitting and refurbishment to bring the facility back to its former glory.

Substantial asbestos and biological waste was removed from the site, exposing the decaying structure. This was not satisfactory for the requirements of global retail chain Zara and its parent company, Inditex. All floors were structurally re-modified through creative engineering done in collaboration with the consultant.

New electrical and mechanical equipment and services were installed including a completely new escalator from the first to second floor with new wall, ceiling and floor finishes applied.

Access during construction proved challenging as the only entry point was through Bourke Street Mall. Detailed programming was required to coordinate deliveries and material hoisting which had to be thoroughly considered due to constraints on site.