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The National Mutual tower in Collins Street (Godfrey & Spowers, Hughes, Mewton and Lobb) lost a marble facade tile today, clearing the plaza 10 storeys below. The Age has more, mistakenly referring to a fallen ‘concrete slab’, a scary thought.

Northern facade of the National Mutual Plaza, on Collins Street Melbourne

Posted by Peter on 30.01.12 in buildings




Yes marble a little friendlier than conc. but same effect. Funny how no-one recognises marble unless its a counter top. Not popular for building facades for a long time (except perhaps for despotic regimes). This has revealed to me (by rumours and net sleuthing) that the owners have a permit to fill in the plaza with a ten storey block, lower on the edges, thus eliminating the open space ! Lots of cafes / shops at ground level though. Buchans. Shocked that powers that be think losing the open space is ok, though admittedly its never been very user friendly – but it could easily be done over without an actual new office block.

by rohan on 1 February 12 ·#

What an amazing facade.

by crazy over skyscrapers on 3 February 12 ·#

This is a significant modernist building that continues to hold historic resonance: See listing: http://bit.ly/xVVwo3

by nevillek on 12 February 12 ·#

Just went past – some scaffolding up on west side and marble being removed. Guess photo now or never !

by rohan on 20 February 12 ·#

Textile help first then