For many years the area now known as Federation Square was thought of as the ideal place for a civic precinct.
After many manifestations, including the 1963 Princes Gate development, and the ill-fated, controversial Gas and Fuel towers, the present Federation Square complex was begun in the late 1990s.
In 1997, following an international architectural design competition, London firm Lab architecture studio, in conjunction with Melbourne firm Bates Smart, were awarded the design contract for Federation Square.
The striking landmark complex includes The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Champions: Australian Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, National Design Centre and the Melbourne Visitor Centre, along with restaurants, cafes, bars, and function centres. Moreover, the sweep of the plaza, decorated by Paul Carter’s Mythform, provides a meeting place and promenade, situated beautifully between the city and the river.
Travel back in time exploring some of the different incarnations of the site. Further information about the site and its history can be found in the Federation Square website.