Easey does it! End To End gains its train set

Late last year media reports surfaced of a unique office project to be built at 48 Easey Street, Collingwood after receiving Yarra City Council approval. Christened End To End, the five level office complex would be crowned with three Hitachi motor carriages in a design drawing inspiration from Melbourne's train graffiti culture. The result of an ITN Architects brainstorming session, the design is in stark contrast to the immediate areas heritage-rich surrounds, yet has been recognised as a novel method of preserving a slice of Melbourne's transport heritage.

Another in the architect's series of projects that sit outside the comfort zone, End To End will consist of six separate office spaces, two fetching prices around the $1.5 million dollar mark while the project website shows two remaining spaces left for sale. ITN Architects' Zvi Belling at the time suggested that some of the available space within the carriages may be dedicated toward and art gallery or public bar, hopefully allowing the wider community the chance to experience this distinctive piece of architecture.

Hero image of End To End office complex. Image © ITN Architects

And so finally many months later and with the precision of a military operation the weekend passed saw the lift of the three Hitachi's into place atop End To End. The massive engineering exercise involved crews and specialised equipment from Membrey's Transport, Skylift Cranes and Metcalf Cranes, the latter employing their Terex Demag AC 350 (350T lift capacity) for the major lifting. Under the auspices of head contractor Kalitek Construction the lead carriage or 'Platform 1' was placed atop the structure late Saturday afternoon to the amazement of the sizeable crowd present.

ITN Architects Facebook page now carries a variety of images of the lift.

Saturday evening's events as captured by ITN Architects and published on their Facebook page

With all bogeys fixed in place at roof level prior to the lift, Sunday saw the two remaining carriages craned into position although strong winds delayed the installation of the last carriage for some time. Each carriage weighs approximately 30 tonnes minus bogeys (according to those onsite) and with millimetres to play with as the carriages were lowered into position, full marks to all involved that this complex feat of engineering went precisely as planned.

Also full marks to the architect for conceiving such a design and not shirking the issue at any stage of the development. Involved buildings such as End To End would inherently carry higher costs through design and construction, particularly considering the loading the concrete structure must now carry for the life of the development. That the more difficult and expensive option was pursued is a massive thumbs up! Something the average passerby mightn't consider; but at least they have something interesting, distinctive and engaging to view as they walk on by Easey Street.

A variety of site images taken during yesterday's lift can be seen below.

Saturday evenings Hitachi in place


Chris Peska's picture

Such an original design, going to be an iconic building in Collingwood for many years to come. which begs the question... do buildings become iconic when you place objects somewhere where they shouldn't ordinarily be?

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Alastair Taylor's picture

Wanted: City of Yarra planning and Spring Street liquor license approval, developer buy-in and budding hospitality entrepreneur to create bar called "Gunzel".

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Geoff Simmons's picture

Gunzel bar: A silver oven you want to board!

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Bilby's picture

Looks remarkably like this house in Chile ...

I still think it's great, though!

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Michael Bojkowski's picture

By no means an original idea. This is almost a blatant rip of Lonon's Village Underground, right down to the number of trains used. I hope ITN aren't taking credit for 'conceiving' this idea...

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Michael Bojkowski's picture

Oops. Village Underground has 4 trains but still...

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Chris Peska's picture

Hi Michael, Thanks for your comment and welcome to Urban Melbourne. I just really like the concept and it is a great way to recycle some older rolling stock :) Next I'd like to see a couple of cars tacked onto the side of a building where the headlights are the street lights for the footpath below.... what do you think?

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