Project in Review: Melbourne Square
Visionary project Melbourne Square is slowing coming to life, with staggered stages of the complex opening up to the public. Located in the Southbank precinct of the city, it’s a mere stone’s throw away from the bustling life of the CBD, as well as conveniently close to the Royal Botanical Gardens and some of Australia’s best education institutes. For a venture as meticulously designed as this, Melbourne-based architecture and interior design studio Carr worked closely with Bluethumb’s interiors whizz Alexandra Stavrou. Together, their carefully selected interiors and choice of artworks have facilitated a serene atmosphere going above and beyond the needs of the Melbourne Square project.
Catherine from Carr recently shared her experience of collaborating with Bluethumb on this ultra exciting affair. Read on to hear about her experience – and see some exclusive photos of the team’s handiwork by photographer Tim Allen!
Carr’s brief was to incorporate artwork into the common spaces to add an additional layer of warmth and vibrancy. “We envisaged abstract and timeless pieces to compliment the spaces,” Catherine adds. “We wanted to collaborate with Bluethumb because of its method of obtaining artwork. This project had a very short lead time and Bluethumb’s access to a strong portfolio of artists allowed for an efficient yet thorough curation of appropriate pieces.”
“As we had hoped, the selected pieces were successful in enhancing a sense of liveliness in the spaces,” Catherine says. “The curation of works introduced a further depth to the experiential qualities of the space. Both the client and our team were really pleased with the outcome.” Could we be seeing more of these two teams collaborating in the future? “Absolutely. Bluethumb’s team were proactive and dedicated to finding the right pieces for the project and were very much involved in each stage of the process. Bluethumb’s co-operative efforts provided a sense of ease during procurement which ensured we met all specifications of the brief. Thanks again for all your help!”
Local Spaces, Local Artists
Projects such as these not only bring a sense of joy to those who experience the space first-hand; they also foster the talent of local, independent artists. Tim Allen, whose work was included in the project photographed the artwork once installed and saw the final outcome for himself. “The works were selected of separate series; it was interesting to see the selection as they all were similar in their design, however the subject was mixed. [It was] refreshing to see others see the connection between my series which have strong juxtaposition. Any artist knows that feeling of seeing their work on the wall. It’s a feeling that brings up the many creative highs and lows of a practising artist, a sweet reminder as to why you do it.”
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