The Yarra Building in Melbourne’s Federation Square will be demolished to be replaced by tech giant Apple’s first ever Australian Global Flagship Store which is expected to attract an extra two million visitors a year.
The new building will open up space in Federation Square, taking up less space than the Yarra Building, and will make it easier for people to move between the Yarra
River and Birrarung Marr. It will create nearly 500 metres of new public space in Federation Square.
The two-storey pavilion, which will open in 2020, will have wrap-around glass and balconies offering uninterrupted city views.
It will be more than just a retail experience.
“Today at Apple” programming will offer free sessions across photography, music creation, app development, visual arts, and more. Sessions will run daily, led by Apple’s Creative Pros.
This will complement Federation Square’s cultural tenants ACMI, Koorie Heritage Trust, and the National Gallery of Victoria.
It will be Apple’s first Global Flagship store in the southern hemisphere, the second outside the United States, and the fifth worldwide.
Apple Federation Square, made possible through a partnership with Federation Square and the Victorian government, will be powered by renewable energy.
It will create more than 250 construction jobs and support more than 200 new ongoing jobs once it is complete. It will also create over 200 new Apple positions.
Federation Square’s lead architect Donald Bates and the Victorian Government architect Jill Garner have been involved in planning the project.
“Apple Federation Square respects and expands on the original vision for the site, with more public space, extensive landscaping and better access to the river allowing more people to enjoy this renowned civic, cultural and commercial hub,” Mr Bates said.
Construction on the Apple Global Flagship Store is anticipated to begin in mid-2019.