“The revised plans for up to 11 storeys are even more out of proportion with the heritage and building that the previous plans, more out of scale with the Swan Street heritage area and still block significant views of the landmark tower,” Fair Deal at Dimmeys campaigner Ron Pinnell told The Age, which reported the new development.
Architect John Armsby said of the design: “It ended up that the form we came up with looked very much like X and Y chromosones and it sort of ended up becoming a masculine and feminine building,” he told The Age.
He has suggested the famous dome of the building remain painted in its yellow colour, painted by the owner in 1981 to mark footballer Kevin Bartlet’s 350th game with Richmond.
“Everybody in Richmond has ownership of Dimmeys. Everyone’s got their own personal stories and personal memories of Dimmeys, as I do,” Mr Armsby said.
But it was impossible to “save” Dimmeys when the demographic change in Richmond had forced the store out, he said.
“Urban consolidation requires us to find sites like Dimmeys and do what we’re proposing,” Mr Armsby said.