Architecture

Pretty photos of buildings, and the stories behind them.

Threatening cracks at another neglected building

On 28th March 2013 a neglected wall at the CUB Brewery site fell onto Swanston Street, killing three pedestrians. So how many other abandoned buildings around Melbourne are at risk of falling over? I found one at the corner of Abbotsford Street and Flemington Road in North Melbourne recently, attracted by the ‘Wheelwright’ and ‘Shoeing Forge’ signs on the facade.

Massive crack in the facade of 243-251 Flemington Road, North Melbourne

Demolishing the old Royal Children’s Hospital

I mentioned the former Royal Children’s Hospital building in a blog post last year titled ‘Abandoned hospitals of Melbourne’ – so what has come of the site?

'Royal Children's Hospital' spelt out on the main building

Rainbow Ramps at Richmond Station

Each day thousands of Melbournians pass through the pedestrian subways beneath Richmond station while changing between different train lines. But how many of them have noticed that each of the ramps has their own wall tile colour?

Pink to platform 1/2

Myer Melbourne and secret tunnels?

On the city block bounded by Lonsdale, Elizabeth, Little Bourke and Swanston Street is the site of the new Emporium shopping centre, being constructed by Grocon on the site of the former Myer Lonsdale Street store. With a picket line blocking access the site for 10 days management needed a way to get workers in, so according to the media they used an underground tunnel to sneak them in. Creative licence, or reality?

A bit more work on the tunnel leading into the David Jones

Fixing a falling facade on Collins Street

I have previously written about the former National Mutual Plaza building located at 447 Collins Street in Melbourne, but on January 30 it scored a mention in the local news when a one metre by two metre sized marble panel fell from the northern facade to the plaza below. So how are they fixing it?

Missing marble panel on the facade of  447 Collins Street