Federation Square

(Federation Square)

Traditional Custodians of the land
Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation

Melbourne, Australia

Federation Square Management Pty Ltd
State Government of Victoria
City of Melbourne

LAB Architecture


Dylan, whilst working with LAB Architecture, cut his teeth on Federation Square, Melbourne’s iconic (at times controversial(now beloved)) cultural precinct and public epicentre.
Federation Square demanded a new kind of architectural approach. Understanding that experience could limit capacity, the complex facades and glazed foyers, to which Dylan was Project Architect, challenged conventional engineering and construction methods, utilising lateral thinking to create not just a building but a sculpture.


Architects Dylan Brady, Dirk Zimmermann and Tim Hill unwinding on Degraves Street.

“I very quickly learnt how to use computers. This was a great time for me, because at five and a half years at one hundred hours a week, we really made something quite different and we had an atmosphere in the studio that was very moonshot, we were doing the thing, and we had to get there, and we just made this building.”

“You can see in some of the communication that we needed to go through where we’re starting to try and explore and describe to people what it is that we had as a vision for a facade, for something we could make, for something we could build, for something we could ultimately test and actually build into a project.”