Melbourne’s Docklands features remnants of Victorian warehouses and architectural artifacts, yet much of its historical essence has been overshadowed by modern developments, including numerous high-rise residential towers typical of many global cities.
In contrast, Escala, a mixed-use development designed by Six Degrees Architects and developed by MAB Corporation, stands out. The 379 Docklands Drive site was envisioned to capture the intricate architectural details found in historic locales like Flinders Lane.
Architect Mark Healy, director of Six Degrees, collaborated closely with David Allt-Graham from MAB on the project. Unlike attempting to recreate the past, the goal for Escala was to express and layer historical influences in a contemporary manner. Healy describes Escala as reminiscent of early 20th-century streetscapes, featuring buildings of varying heights and diverse facades.