The brief given Interior Designers “The Uncarved Block” for The Galeries Food Hall renovation “was to Increase relevance and generate appeal for The Galeries shopping centre in Sydney’s CBD, amongst fashion-savvy 16-29 y/o consumers, at a time when the giants like Westfield and others were massively updating their Sydney Centres”.
The Galeries (formerly known as the The Galeries Victoria or TGV) is a shopping centre located in the heart of the Sydney central business district, bounded by George, Pitt and Park Streets. The Galeries is a lifestyle and cultural destination for fashion, art and music
The Galeries is a four level shopping centre, that features a series of covered laneways running throughout with bridges between buildings and a central piazza area. Underground passageways lead off to Town Hall railway station at the southern end, adjacent to a passageway that leads to the Queen Victoria Building. The centre also incorporates the historic Sydney School of the Arts, which is now the Arthouse Hotel. There is also a Sydney Monorail station in the shopping centre
The site on which The Galeries now stands was originally home to the flagship Waltons department store. It now sits below the Citigroup office tower and beside the Sydney Hilton Hotel.
On the 24th November 2011, The Galeries brand new food hall was christened with a very special organized performance by six lead dancers decked out in multicultural inspired costumes and accompanied by one-hundred professional ‘Brent St’ dancers. This special flash mob appearance was choreographed by Ame Delves who has worked with the likes of; So You Think You Can Dance Australia & Russia, X-FACTOR, Australia’s Next Top Model, Eve, Lily Allen, Adam Lambert, Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy.
The Galeries, Sydney CBD’s major specialty retail centre, was acquired by Ipoh Ltd in May 1998. Construction of the centre was completed in July 2000.
The Galeries Victoria is a 15,000 square metre shopping centre with lettable area over four levels including the restored Heritage School of Arts Building. The tenancy mix for Lower Ground Floor level comprises food and beverage, convenience and service retailing. The Ground Floor level is principally for leisure and lifestyle fashion and fashion accessories. Above the shopping centre is a 72,000 square metre office tower