This is my most favourite building on Collins Street, Le Lourve. Nestled between towering skyscrapers, a reminder of the past streetscape of Collins Street, when the north end of Collins Street was 'the Paris end' of Collins Street. But time moves on. Fashion changes. Culture changes. We no longer want to make an appointment to shop, we want to browse and buy a piece from here, a piece from there.
The building has been sold to QIC who will build a skyscraper around it, but keep the remaining facade. I have mixed feelings on facadism. It seems ridiculous to gut the building and keep the front, yet I love Brunswick Street which is a mixture of facades and preserved buildings. Lonsdale Street has an excellent example of a building the size of Le Louvre incorporated into a skyscraper, with the skyscraper set back around it. So maybe there's hope yet.