In 2007 NH Architecture, with its client Colonial First State Global Asset Management, won the commission to rejuvenate Myer’s flagship Bourke Street store.
The concept for the redevelopment was driven by bold ideas including increased floor area; an upgrade setting new standards in department store design; environmentally sustainable initiatives, and an architectural achievement contributing to Melbourne’s design accomplishments.
The most striking emblem of Myer’s new face to the city is the faceted golden roof. It defines a new upper level event space - a destination within a destination. It will be a hub of calendar events: launches, shows, exhibitions, and dining. The crystalline form of the pavilion roof has been architecturally sculpted with gold metal and glass to choreograph certain city views from within the space and to bring the cityscape of Melbourne into the heart of the store.
The rooftop space is accessed via a dramatic six level atrium. This inclined and tapering atrium is first visible from the centre of the store’s ground floor. The eye is led upwards through a visually and spatially dynamic volume to a large skylight bringing daylight into the depths of the store.
The project was also an opportunity to restore the significant heritage components of the original store including the 1920s Art Deco façade on the Bourke Street Mall and the famous Mural Hall. The Little Bourke Street façade has been completely rebuilt as a contemporary counterpoint to the southern façade. The distinctive harlequin pattern across the façade is a geometric interpretation of the Art Deco motifs found in the old store.