Villa + Villa is the brains behind the design and redevelopment of a $37 million upgrade of Melbourne’s Barkly Square Shopping Centre and its laneway. Barkly Square — owned by property fund managers ISPT — is located just over 5km north of Melbourne’s CBD, in the heart of Brunswick’s multicultural community. The Centre has gone through many transformations, but in 2013-14 it underwent its biggest redevelopment yet, designed by Villa+Villa, who also revitalised the adjacent laneway with commissioned art murals by hip young artists. Since the renovation Barkly Square’s moving annual turnover (MAT) has jumped 35%, pushing it up 45 places in the Mini Major Category, from a lowly 47th place to finish in the top 2. Barkly Square was also short-listed for the 2015 Innovation Design Awards in the shopping centre category by the Property Council of Australia.

Street Art Mural walls by: Ghostpatrol Scottie Neoh Kyle Hughes-odgers Hiroyasu Tsur, AKA Twoone