Architecture

Cities, town urbanism, town planning, pretty photos of buildings, and the stories behind them.

Birth, death and rebirth at Bunnings Warehouse

You’ll find Bunnings Warehouse stores all over Australia, with new locations and expanded stores appearing on a regular basis. Birth A decade ago I was in the empty streets of an industrial estate south of Caroline Springs, where a new Bunnings Warehouse store was taking shape. The iconic grand entrance was there. But inside there […]

Property developer sledging in Melbourne’s west

The other day a pair of advertisement for land sales on Melbourne’s western fringe caught my eye. The first was for an estate in Wyndham Vale, spruiking their residents only water park. While a competing property developer says “don’t pay a premium for facilities you may never use”. You’ll find the water park at ‘Jubilee‘ […]

What passes for ‘Transit Orientated Development’ in Melbourne’s west

Transit Orientated Development is a process that maximises the amount of residential, business and leisure space within walking distance of public transport. But at railway stations in Melbourne’s growing western suburbs, the development is anything but. Caroline Springs We start out at Caroline Springs station, located between town and the tip. A massive car park […]

Sunshine’s own Garden City housing estate

In the early 20th century the Garden City town planning movement gained traction in Australia, with housing on spacious lots separated by manicured gardens. The suburb of Garden City in Port Melbourne is the best known local example, but there is a small pocket in the streets of Sunshine – the ‘Concrete Housing Estate’ on […]

1880s land boom houses in Sunshine

Melbourne’s inner suburbs are full of terraced houses dating back to the 1880s land boom, but there is an unexpected suburb where they can also be found – the back streets of Sunshine. Tracking them through time The Benjamin Street, south of Sunshine railway station, the row of single-fronted brick cottages appears on this 1934 […]