Posted October 25, 2016

Happy Birthday Fed Square

It’s Fed Squares 14th birthday so we’re taking a quick trip down memory lane.

In just 14 short years Fed Square has distinguished itself as the civic and cultural heartbeat of Melbourne. From the moment this landmark was opened, locals have embraced Fed Square as a true reflection of their city, with rich cultural experiences, an assortment of places to eat and drink, unique shopping and a wealth of information to welcome visitors. This is why Fed Square is recognised internationally as one of the world’s great public places, and receives more than 10 million visits each year! Enjoy reminiscing by looking back at some of the most memorable events at Fed Square over the past 14 years with Fed Square Flashbacks.

Jonathon Tribe, CEO Fed Square said “As Fed Square turns 14 today we reflect on what the space is to Melburnians. It is a true hub for locals to gather. Whether it’s for celebrations like New Year’s Eve, sporting occasions such as the AFL Grand Final, the discovery of unique public art and cultural happenings like Diwali or emotional and sensitive moments such as the Paris and Orlando vigils, we feel privileged to be the heart of Melbourne’s community. We take this opportunity to thank all our event holders and supporters over the years who continue to make the Square such an important part of the life of Melbourne”

Let’s briefly go back to where it all began.

The idea.
The idea for Fed Square’s development was to celebrate the centenary of the separate self-governing States coming together as the Commonwealth of Australia.

The competition.
In 1996 the Victorian Government held an international, two-stage design competition to redevelop the precinct as the city’s new civic square. In 1997 Lab Architecture in association with Bates Smart were awarded the complex task of designing Australia’s most ambitious construction projects.

The build.
Construction of Fed Square began in 1998, with an estimated 4,000 people and 250 companies involved in its development.  The $450 million investment was supported by the Victorian State Government, City of Melbourne, the Commonwealth Government and the private sector through private tenancy fit-outs and major sponsorship alliances. Fed Square officially opened on 26 October 2002.

A place where we can gather

Fed Square is the peoples place; a place for cultural celebration, community events and public gatherings.  Over the years there have been some amazing highlights and heart-warming community gatherings.

It’s been an exciting 14 years, and there’s still a lot more to come!

Want to know more about the history and architecture of Fed Square? Find some great facts here.

If you’re planning a visit – check out what’s coming soon at Fed Square.