Six Degrees formed in 1991 when a group of six architecture graduates shared a studio space in Richmond, Melbourne. They collaborated on small domestic and commercial commissions, public sculpture and architectural competitions. At the time of deciding a name for the practice, the temperature on Melbourne’s iconic Nylex clock read an icy 6°, so they called themselves Six Degrees Architects. Their early projects (born of the economic recession) were inventive and resourceful, adapting warehouses and empty CBD office buildings into dwellings, often using found or low-cost materials. The approach became their signature, and they used it in the design of Meyers Place Bar – widely credited as the first laneway bar in Melbourne, that started a revolution in hospitality design and the city’s cultural scene.