Tower Melbourne (left and middle), Abode 318 (right). Elenberg Fraser
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
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!
Architect / protaganist: Federation Square
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.
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
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
In case there is anyone (like me) out there who managed to miss the big news of the week…
02.09.09 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.
Planning permit approved . Going, going…
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
Architect / protaganist: Sean Godsell Architects
The first Regrowth pod has been installed on a burnt out property in Coombs Road, Kinglake West.
10.04.09 in buildings
Some important buildings sorely lack architectural input. The new 70 metre tall Melbourne Airport control tower by Air Services might be one of them. This is the “Indicative Concept Design” being presented to contractors interested in building it. They seem to have used Sims software circa 1998? Not sure that car park is working too well. Adelaide gets similar but shorter.
04.03.09 in buildings
Melbourne Recital Centre is to open on Monday, plugging the last gap in a sequence of arts buildings running from Hamer Hall to The Malthouse theatre a kilometre away. The Age was shown through the recital centre by ARM architect Ian McDougall and Arup acoustic engineer Andrew Nicol .
01.02.09 in buildings
Northcote bowl (1963), that one with the arches – the only interesting piece of non-domestic architecture I can think of in that part of town, may be demolished for an apartment development, GFC permitting. A demolition permit is currently moving through the trays at Darebin Council.