Melbourne’s GPO is a landmark heritage building, now home to myriad fashion boutiques.
Wedged beside the grand Victorian edifice and Melbourne institution Myer is a pedestrian-only lane connecting the Bourke Street mall to Little Bourke Street. Known as Postal Lane, the narrow walkway lined with restaurants and shops wasn’t operating at its full potential, according to the GPO’s owners ISPT. And so Villa+Villa was brought in to revamp it.
Taking the origami-like folds of an envelope as inspiration, Villa+Villa has designed a sculptural new entry on Little Bourke Street that will draw in passersby. New awnings providing better weather protection for pedestrians and diners, quality fitouts, new signage, and custom-designed lighting by Melbourne-based industrial designer Christopher Boots will combine to energise the space, giving it a distinct personality and making it a destination in its own right.