574 Swan Street is a small mixed use building sited at the gateway to a new office park in the inner Melbourne suburb of Richmond. Its position on the site allows picturesque views across the Yarra River parklands as well as the city skyline to the north-west.
The building program includes a restaurant and two retail outlets at ground level and two floors of office accommodation above. The client / building owner occupies some of this office space.
The building has an atypical plan form for office accommodation. This partially evolved via negotiation through a series of conflicting planning setbacks. More importantly, however, the concept behind the design of the plan was about arriving at a resilient plan form that allowed the building not to be dependent on complex architectural detailing for its visual strength.