Overall, however, The Crossing is comprised of smaller buildings with diverse facades, forms and materials, such as brick and wood, all threaded with laneways that lead to the centre of the complex. And the variety of architecture, crisscrossing laneways and air bridges creates a variety of views and experiences for shop-goers, or those there to partake of the precinct's hospitality options.
The three laneways evoke a sense of being from an earlier time, adding to The Crossing's feeling of permanence, but they fulfil another key role, too.
"We wanted to create a sense of discovery," says Hill. "And the laneways offer peeks of the central hospitality building from the street, without fully revealing its nature so drawing shoppers into the heart of the complex."
And the arresting semi-circular building is a worthy centrepoint for The Crossing. Its three levels of hospitality will include a cafe at ground floor and the building is partly wrapped in a decorative aluminium mesh which for some thirsty shoppers may symbolise the bubbles rising in an ice-cold drink.
"Naturally, given past events, seismic resilience is integral to all structures in the shopping and office precinct," says Hay. "For example, the historic corner building has been fitted with a buckling-restrained brace system to protect it.
"The H&M building's seismic resistance comes in the form of a moment resisting frame system. This is ideal for steel-frame buildings and has the added bonus of having no diagonal struts, thus allowing for larger, uninterrupted shop fronts."
The Crossing has already proved popular with the two bodies that matter the most. Leading fashion brands like Trenery, Barkers and Country Road accompany H&M, and many more name retailers are likely to follow. Then there are the shoppers themselves, who have flocked to the diverse, inner-city retail mecca from day one.