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elenberg fraser towers
Tower Melbourne (left and middle), Abode 318 (right). Elenberg Fraser

29.10.12 in buildings urban-design

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Panel drop

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.

30.01.12 in buildings 

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Ted's top ten

Manchester Unity building

22.11.11 in buildings 

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The Architects hit Fed Square

Good? Bad? Ugly? All three? This video from Sunday’s Art Nation also contains a glimpse of Lab’s ideas for Fed Square East. Think leafy and shady!

23.05.11 in buildings video-clips

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More bounce

Rod Laver arena 2010

24.03.10 in buildings 

Penthouse Mouse

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.

11.03.10 in buildings heritage

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Boxes, lanes, and frames

Architecture and Design, in its Breaking News section, last week profiled the Bates Smart design for 735 Collins Street, Docklands. The architects say it was inspired by shipping containers and the site’s industrial past.

17.01.10 in buildings 

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Monash at Kinglake

monash shelter
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 

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Ballarat best and worst

Hot on the heels of an Albury newspaper’s Best and Worst Buildings comes Ballarat’s. A slightly more democratic method of determining the lists was used – polls rather than one journo’s whims.

20.09.09 in buildings 

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Domain Rd Metro

Grimshaw’s concept design for the railway at Melbourne’s Domain Road interchange can be viewed at Architecture and Design. Apparently the train in the images is a high speed Seimens – may not be able to get a good head of steam up on that line.

14.09.09 in buildings 

Wardle + DA get Melb Uni

wardle university of melbourne
In case there is anyone (like me) out there who managed to miss the big news of the week…

02.09.09 in buildings 

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lonsdale house
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.

16.08.09 in buildings heritage

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Eastern Cemetery Mausoleum

Phillip Harmer’s newly opened Eastern Cemetery Mausoleum in Geelong has attracted an enthusiastic write up in the Geelong Advertiser. Perhaps by the real estate department.

28.07.09 in buildings 

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Lonsdale House doomed?

Planning permit approved . Going, going…

27.07.09 in buildings heritage

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On you Open House

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 

RMIT Design Hub shovel ready

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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Moonlight Head

Buy one of Glenn and Wendy’s houses on the Great Ocean Road here for $3M, or perhaps here for $2.2M. You’d better read this first though. Maserati not included.

26.06.09 in real-estate buildings

Fred's home

30 Mount Eagle Road, Ivanhoe East

03.05.09 in buildings real-estate

Pod in place

The first Regrowth pod has been installed on a burnt out property in Coombs Road, Kinglake West.

10.04.09 in buildings 

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