Apple Cancels Federation Square Store in Australia After Demolition Plans Were Denied

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has shelved plans to build a new flagship Apple Store at the Federation Square shopping center in Melbourne, Australia after heritage authorities refused an application to demolish the Yarra Building that's already on the site.

    According to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age Heritage Victoria today said that the Yarra Building could not be torn down as it would result in an "unacceptable and irreversible detrimental impact on the cultural heritage significance of Federation Square." Apple in response said that it would not proceed with plans to build the store.

    The retail store Apple planned to build at Federation Square after design revisions​

    An Apple spokesperson told The Age that Apple was disappointed it would no longer be able to build a retail store at Federation Square. "We remain committed to serving our customers in Melbourne and across Australia," said the spokesperson.

    Apple first announced plans to build an Apple retail location at Federation Square in December 2017, with the company planning to make it an "Apple Global Flagship Store" that would have been Apple's most significant store in the Southern Hemisphere, offering workshops, classes, and live music events.

    Apple's plans for the store called for the demolition of the Yarra Building, a move that ultimately received backlash from the Melbourne City Council and Melbourne locals unhappy with the plan to give public space to a corporation.

    The original Federation Square design featured a pagoda-style building that locals also disliked, referring to it as a "Pizza Hut Pagoda." Apple in July 2018 submitted revised blueprints for the store with an updated design created after workshops with Federation Square management, the Victorian Government, and the Melbourne City Council, but permission was still required to remove the Yarra Building.

    The Yarra Building, via The Sydney Morning Herald​

    Federation Square management in December applied to Heritage Victoria for a permit that would allow the Yarra Building to be torn down so Apple could proceed with the building of the store, but that application was denied after heritage authorities received thousands of objections from Melbourne locals.

    Article Link: Apple Cancels Federation Square Store in Australia After Demolition Plans Were Denied
  2. domneedscoffee macrumors newbie


    Dec 10, 2018
    This is great
  3. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
  4. martyjmclean, Apr 4, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2019

    martyjmclean macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2018
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    This is great news! The Yarra looks much nicer and holds more significance than that "Pizza Hut restaurant" Apple wanted to build. Apple could've picked anywhere else in the CBD...
  5. AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    I managed to contact a representative who told me that, “After much effort, we've concluded the Federation Square store will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project.”
  6. liquidtwitch macrumors member


    Dec 7, 2011
    Brisbane Australia
    I'm glad this was scrapped as I like Fed Square as is, but it's still annoying that there's no Apple Stores in the Melbourne City.
  7. roguedaemon macrumors newbie


    Apr 16, 2015
    I was all for the new Fed Square Apple Store, simply because it would provide a place to sit and have attractions and amusements.
    Fed Square as it currently stands is a heat bowl, like a desert in summer and completely boring.
    An Apple store there would not only attract tourists, have a point of an attraction but also update the architecture which is currently quite ugly to look at, let alone be in.
    A real shame they couldn’t come to a compromise as I firmly believe that as it stands, Fed Square is not an inviting public space to be in. People just go there because it’s there and there’s nothing else around. Sad.
  8. Koalazub macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2013
    Have they(Apple) considered sourcing inspiration from indigenous Australian culture into their architecture?

    It’s a little odd that they would assert such an odd architecture into Fed Square, considering what that area is all about. But I am genuinely curious as to whether they explored that option.
  9. rjp1 macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2015
  10. mgmacius macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    What a relief! Fed square is unique, and everything there just “clicks”. And I love it! Sure, many people say it’s ugly, but having two completely different styles would be even worse
  11. RogerWilco macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2011
    The Yarra Bldg. looks like something Frank Gehry designed after dropping acid. Any aesthetic, even Apple's condescending pseudo-minimalist claptrap, would be an improvement.
  12. jezbd1997 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2015
    Melbourne Australia
    I live in Melbourne and even being an Apple fan I am glad this didn’t go ahead because it would turn the focus of Fed Square all onto the Apple store...
    Disappointing they still don’t have a retail store in the city (yet) but they need to find a more suitable location for it, it would’ve been just smack bang in the middle of the city
  13. Dbolander macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2014
    Altruistically I’d love to see them build where no one else will—impossible and unloved spaces—and let it become a catalyst for change and improvement in the surrounding area.
  14. busyscott macrumors regular


    Sep 29, 2015
    Haha, choosing that Edward scissorhands of a building over a flagship store which would certainly at the very least bring a ton of tax dollars to the city. What a bad call, but their call to make I guess. I’ll never be visiting haha.
  15. El Burro Suspended

    El Burro

    Sep 7, 2009
    How about Somalia?
  16. anarchos macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2009
    Malaysia/ New Zealand
    You must be joking. That building is a hideous eyesore. Especially next to the elegant Flinders Station.
  17. MrMaxwell macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2016
    There are very limited retail space options for Apple in the Melbourne CBD - all the good spots are taken...the hunt continues!
  18. actcyclist macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2017
    Hopefully Apple can find something else in Melbourne to knock down. Can I suggest they try the Shrine of Remembrance?
  19. budselectjr, Apr 4, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2019

    budselectjr macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2009
    If Apple's design is a "Pizza Hut Pagoda" whatever is currently there now is something I call a "cluster****".
  20. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    I saw that photo of that building and I was trying to describe what it looks like, you couldn’t have described it any better. :D

    Sooner or later they will come to their senses and realize this was a terrible decision, but it will be too late already.
    Geez, that building is so ugly! It looks like some giant stepped on it by accident. Now I may have nightmares about it. :(
  21. bollman macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2001
    Lund, Sweden
  22. fairuz, Apr 4, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2019

    fairuz macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    Apple's two designs and the Yara building look bad, but the Yara one is worse. Apple's stores usually look better than this. Gotta say the idea of an Apple store being put into the center of an already existing public area is weird, but that Yara thing is so ugly that something should replace it.
  23. MadeTheSwitch macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2009
    I normally am not impressed by Apple’s designs which look too bland to me a lot of times. And normally on the side of preserving history. But Apple’s store would have replaced something truly ugly and hideous and would have been an improvement. Oh well.
  24. fairuz, Apr 4, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2019

    fairuz macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    There's the downtown LA abandoned theater store.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 4, 2019 ---
    Reminds me of this massive pile of garbage they built in UC Berkeley on prime land then had to abandon due to earthquake unsafeness, and they couldn't even demolish it because it's such a big piece of concrete. Though this is much worse than the Yara building.

  25. kanki1985 macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2013
    The Yarra building looks like some giant troll crumpled a huge paper and threw it there!

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