Federation Square has scored interim protection! At the end of 2018 Heritage Victoria will decide whether to permanently protect the iconic public space and its buildings. Under the current proposal, the Yarra Building (pictured) will be demolished to make way for tech giant Apple’s latest store, threatening the integrity and architectural cohesion of the multi award-winning precinct.
The question of heritage value raises its head; how can a site of only 16 years old be classed as such? The answer: Fed Square has become a place of social, cultural and civic importance DESPITE its youth. After all, the NGV was granted protection after just 14 years, while Arts Centre Melbourne was still under construction when it was listed in '82.