191 Salmon St hosts Melbourne Design Week

As part of Melbourne Design Week, 191 Salmon Street Port Melbourne was invited by The City of Melbourne to host a panel discussion on ‘How stories from the past are shaping design for the future of Fishermans Bend’.

For nearly 60 years the General Motors Holden design studio in Fishermans Bend was one of the most successful industrial design studios in Australia. Globally recognised, a strong community of practice and both a competitive and highly collaborative culture was crucial to Holden’s success as a powerhouse of automotive design, engineering and manufacturing.

Today, the transformation of the former Holden site into the Fishermans Bend Innovation Precinct is a key part of Australia’s largest urban renewal project. It will be the heart of what is envisaged to be ‘an internationally renowned centre of innovation in advanced manufacturing, engineering and design’, including the University of Melbourne’s new design and engineering campus.

This one-hour panel discussion explored the legacy and future of design in Fisherman’s Bend, with speakers exploring the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. From sustainable architecture to innovative urban planning, the event offered a fascinating insight into the ways in which design can shape the future of our cities.

Thank you to all our wonderful panellists who shared their deep understanding and knowledge of this precinct, together with their passion of design, including:

  • Dan Hill, Director of the Melbourne School of Design
  • Matthew MacKay, Director Aspect Studios
  • Leanne Hodyl, Founder and Managing Director of Hodyl & Co, Research and Urban Design Consultancy
  • Dr Norm Darwin, President of the Automotive Historians Australia Inc
  • Harriet Edquist, Historian and Curator and Founding Director of RMIT Design Archives (2007-2020)
  • Michale Blancato, Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA)

It was a wonderful opportunity for 191 Salmon St to host this Melbourne Design Week event, a project that is leading the way for one of Melbourne’s most rapidly evolving areas. Thank you to all attendees, engaging in a thought-provoking and inspiring discussion, coupled with the opportunity to meet fellow guests over a few ales at our local brewery CbCo.

A special shout out to the team at the City of Melbourne for allowing us to showcase this event at this progressive and integrated workspace, the home of Victoria’s world-class industry innovators.

Another great Investment by Arrow Capital Partners, managed by Altis Property Partners, a Barings Company.

If you’d like to know more or would like to enquire about moving into this A-Grade building, see links below,

191 Salmon St

Fishermans Bend Framework

Leasing contact Kimberley Paterson E: kimberley.paterson@aure.barings.com