The Design

Built by AMP and opened in 1981, Collins Place is one of the Melbourne CBD’s most iconic buildings. The centre was designed by the acclaimed American Architect, I.M. Pei and the Melbourne firm, Bates Smart.

It is difficult to overstate the international standing of I.M Pei and to many noted architectural observers, he has created some of Modernism’s best buildings. It was a coup for Melbourne, to attract an Architect of his standing.

Collins Place was built in 7 stages and took approximately ten years to complete, at a cost of over $270 million. It was finally opened in May, 1981.

This was a building with a design aesthetic and architectural quality that had rarely been seen in Melbourne before. For many, it felt like it had transported from the streets of Manhattan and was synonymous with many themes of the 80’s – power, capitalism and prestige.

The landmark atrium was the centrepiece of the development and the intricate ceiling structure is still one of Melbourne’s most remarkable civic structures.