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Architects Guide to Collingwood Yards — tour and conversation


Designed by Fieldwork to harness a physical space that fosters collaboration, Collingwood Yards is the first precinct of its kind in Australia. It delivers a vibrant, mixed-use space for the arts – a place of cultural and artistic production with an open interface to the public.

Collingwood Yards reworks the institutional buildings of the former Collingwood Technical School, built in stages from 1913 on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. The existing buildings, including the 1945 Percy Everett designed Administration building, are of social, historical and architectural significance, however by 2016 the site was a vacant remnant of changing vocational training trends.

Today, anchored by a selection of gallery spaces and working artist studios, and entwined with design-centric retailers, cafes, bars and meeting spaces, Collingwood Yards consistently articulates a respectful approach to urban planning. The expansive site inspired Fieldwork to undertake a strategic analysis of the suburb’s urban ecology, informing a permeable approach that better connects the community.

In designing Collingwood Yards, Fieldwork has set a new standard for creative communities in the country – positioning architecture as a medium to foster new ecologies and welcome the public into the process of artistic creation on a granular level.

What's On

Join Fieldwork’s co-director Quino Holland for a guided tour exploring the robust architectural outcome that is the first precinct of its kind in Australia. The tour concludes with a presentation by artist Channon Goodwin.

Images: (1) Johnston Street Building, featuring Reko Rennie Mural. (2) Johnston Street entry onto courtyard. (3) Johnston Street Building facade. (4) Entry from Johnston Street. (5) View of courtyard from upper level of Perry Street Building. All photos courtesy of Tom Ross.

Important Details

Time & Date

Sunday 31 July
Architect-guided tour at 2pm, running for 60 minutes for up to 25 people.
Bookings not required. Tour group capacity is limited and operates on a first come, first in basis.

Age Requirements

All Ages


Fully wheelchair accessible


35 Johnston Street, Collingwood, 3066

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