888 Collins Street is officially Melbourne’s brightest and most beautiful new landmark!
Following an official launch on Wednesday 13 July, Melburnians can now enjoy a spectacular light show every evening from dusk, with vertical beams of LED lights illuminating the façade of Lendlease’s 888 Collins Street residential building - a dramatic new light feature which reflects real-time environmental conditions.
In a very literal way, the moving lights adorning 888 Collins Street reflect the forecast in the form of rain, clouds or sunshine - an abstract interpretation of how the weather ‘feels’ at the time. Located in the heart of Victoria Harbour, it’s a fitting monument for Melbourne’s innovation hub.
Designed by Canadian-born designer and lighting genius Bruce Ramus, the 50 metre LED light installation transforms real-time weather data from the Bureau of Meteorology into a stunning lighting show that can be seen across the west of the city, including from the Bolte Bridge.
Mr. Ramus said the installation is about reflecting the environment and the community in the Docklands, using technology in an innovative and playful way.
"The lights reflect the feel of the precinct,” said Mr. Ramus, “changing with the weather, the energy, the seasonal shifts, it’s all about how it feels to be here.”
888 Collins Street is situated at the street’s New York end, directly opposite the world class community precinct that includes the 3000sqm, wi-fi enabled Buluk Park and Library at The Dock.
“Melbourne’s laneway culture is referenced in 888 Collins Street’s public spaces with a dramatic forecourt facing Buluk Park, so there’s a great blend of the old and the new Melbourne,” Mr Ramus explained.
The tower sits on the corner of Collins and Bourke Streets, two of Melbourne’s oldest and most iconic thoroughfares: Collins with its tree-lined beauty and high-end stores, and Bourke the bustling traditional centre for retail commerce. The building acts as an anchor to these two streets, with its ground-level solidity further emphasising its strong character. As it ascends the building becomes more transparent – a beacon on the Melbourne skyline.
Construction of the building, designed by leading Australian architectural firm Woods Bagot, commenced in October 2014 and is scheduled for completion in early 2017.
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