The End to End Building
- Zvi Belling: ITN Architects
- Kalitek Constructions
- Brundel Consulting Engineers
- Mike Neighbour buliding surveyor
- Priority Planning and Contour Consultants
The End To End Building has recently opened its doors. It is architecture inspired by street culture comprising six new five storey commercial tenancies each with an elevator, decks and parking. It is impressively crowned by three recently retired, renovated Hitachi Met trains with panoramic views of Collingwood and beyond. Rolling Stock nostalgia appears at street level in solid railway track doors, sleeper canopies and train station platform façade panels. This building is the second in a series of graffiti inspired buildings.
Culture: Collingwood remains the centre of graffiti in Australia, the convergence place of an art culture that veins out into Melbourne along suburban train lines. The End to End Building celebrates on high this movement with a crown in the form of three Hitachi M-Class motor carriages. The end users are still coming into view so far including, offices, a theatre, a bar, a café, burger joint and a whole food restaurant.
Innovation: The building structure relies on bridge technology in order to support each 27 ton carriage, the considerable point load has been spread by casting rail into the upper slab. Customisation was required in many aspects of construction, not the least a customised elevator that services the uppermost train level. Flexibility was paramount to the circulation and planning through the project, The End to End complex presents as a whole to reveal autonomous subsets of buildings, tenancies, rooms and voids.
Nostalgia: This site itself hints at the architectural outcome measuring slightly longer than the measure of a train carriage. A concrete dripping letter P with arrow is centred at the crest of the facade remembering a bygone tradition of a painted emblem on the front face of a Hitachi that would signal to a young graffiti disciple which platform to dash to for a glimpse of a fresh piece riding by.
Value: The building was jointly developed by architect, graffiti artist and builder at a construction cost of $2500/sqm. The ongoing value will be achieved in cultural capital over generations.
Sustainability: The environmental initiative of up-cycling the scrapped train cars is complemented by on-site water harvesting, solar hot water, thermal mass engineering and passive solar design. The didactic strength of this building as an icon of re-use is dramatically posed to inspire others to try their hand.