The Queen Victoria Building Restoration & Refurbishment
The Queen Victoria Building (QVB) was built in the late nineteenth-century to replace the original Sydney markets. Designed in the Romanesque style, it is one of Sydney's most historic and iconic buildings, easily identifiable by its grand copper-sheathed central dome, twenty smaller domes, superb craftsmanship, and its sheer size—taking up an entire city block. When it first opened, it housed a concert hall, offices, showrooms, warehouses and a wide variety of shops.
As time progressed, the QVB proved too expensive for leaseholders and was left semi-vacant for a number of years. In an effort to return the building to its original purpose and grandeur, HDR | Rice Daubney was hired to restore and upgrade the building. The restoration retained the building's exemplary features, including the trachyte stairs, tessellated tiled surfaces and column capitals, and created a commercial establishment that houses high-end fashion stores, cafés, and restaurants that complement the building's original design while responding to the ever-changing needs of customers.