This could be the last chance to have a good look around the Naval and Military Club in Little Collins Street, Melbourne. The low-rise 1967 building with its distinctive arched windows is due to tumble soon, a new planning proposal having been approved for a Buchan designed 32 storey hotel and apartment complex.
Today I attended Silvia Acosta’s presentation at the Kinglake Temporary Housing Village. The architect from the Rhode Island School of Design has been working with 2nd year Monash Architecture students to design and build a large community shelter at the village, and presented to a packed house at the Community Dining Hall.
27.09.09 in buildings
The upcoming demolition of Lonsdale House, an art deco building in Melbourne’s dowdy Lonsdale Street, is attracting attention that must be worrying the developers and Myer. A brief survey of recent developments turns up calls to arms, critiques of Melbourne’s heritage policy, and thoughts about what inner Melbourne should strive to be.
For those in Melbourme too set in their Sunday ways to make it, Open House was the place you should have been. According to one volunteer, it was four times the size of last year’s. The concept is pretty basic – open up private buildings to the public for the day, and let them see what’s behind the facade. My visit concentrated on the rapidly growing part of town that is Docklands. Not necessarily growing very well, but there are some gems in the dirt.
19.07.09 in buildings
Sean Godsell’s Design Hub is on the verge of construction. After many failed schemes on the old C.U.B. site in Swanston Street, this one appears certain to proceed. According to 5th Estate , it, “will feature a “smart skin” – a translucent outer skin made up of over 16,000 sand blasted glass cells, some of which have photovoltaic collectors to harness solar power. This outer skin will control the building’s temperature by rotating with the sun’s movements, which will be tracked via a computer.”
04.07.09 in buildings
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