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120 Collins Street

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120 Collins Street

120 Collins Street

1991 Daryl Jackson Pty Ltd in association with Hassell Architects Pty Ltd


A slender skyscraper reflecting its origins in the high-rise projects of Chicago architect Louis Sullivan, 120 Collins Street also defers to the the skyline of 1920s and 1930s New York. Designed with recessed central shaft, this means that the corner bays, delineated as more solid elements, give the impression of soaring height. The base is planned with multiple entry points off surrounding streets. A garden plaza with fountain is formed in the space between the new and old, and a Jackson signature diagonal slash in plan indicates a deliberate urban gesture to create an access route to the lift core.



Above, one of the best lit skyscrapers in Melbourne, 120 Collins Street is seen on the left of this night shot.

Below, four  of my own shots.

The first one from Collins Street ground level, second and third, Bourke Street Ground level and the fourth showing how well it fits into Melbourne’s landscape of towers and domes.


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Dark skies overcome by LEDs on Melbourne tower

12 Apr 2006

Melbourne's dark sky requirement pointed to the use of LED fixtures to illuminate a prominent building.


Coemar DeSisti Australia recently completed a high profile architectural illumination project, in conjunction with fellow Australian company Laservision, to install LED lighting in the 120 Collins Street building in Melbourne. The 264m-tall building is topped with a 50m communications tower.

Initial designs incorporated discharge-lamped colour changers spread throughout the tower with the outer uprights highlighted with an LED tube system.


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