Category: contemporarymelbourne

Premier Tower, Spencer Street

Original post 7 October 2019 The #PremierTower on #SpencerStreet was designed by @elenberg_fraser employing their signature wave-forms, but in this case it’s alarmingly wobbly from some angles. And it’s supposedly inspired by Beyoncé (!). It really stands out because until now Spencer Street hasn’t seen any new #penciltowers like other streets, and unless someone demolished … Continue reading Premier Tower, Spencer Street

South Melbourne surf club pavilion

Original post 4 July Photos 18 June 2020 The new #SouthMelbourneBeach pavilion by @jcbarchitects is very minimalist, a simple very low profile and grey render (precast?), quite nice but I’d have liked a bit of something? Bright colours inside. Great that there’s a fair amount of under cover space on the beach, where there isn’t … Continue reading South Melbourne surf club pavilion

Apartmentmania – how close is too close ?

This is one of the craziest things to get built as part of the early 2010s avalanche of approvals under #MatthewGuy as Planning Minister. Its sort of L shaped fitting an L shaped site, where there was a permit for an opposite L shaped one to the right of the first photo, so loads of … Continue reading Apartmentmania – how close is too close ?

Swanston Central tower – fail !

First posted Instagram 3 December 2019. It’s a C- from me; #SwanstonCentral, @elenberg_fraser, the colours barely register, neither does the slight curve, and it just stops in the sky. And looks very dull indeed if the sun isn’t shining. Really we should have something much better for this prime spot, outside the #HoddleGrid.  (Update : … Continue reading Swanston Central tower – fail !

Front portion preservation

There’s a lot of #frontportionism in #DorcasStreet, #SouthMelbourne near the market. This is my ideal kind of compromise, keeping a good chunk of the old, the new doesn’t overly #dominate. Though maybe it does a bit given these two are on corners. And the second one unfortunately includes a lower not to the left that … Continue reading Front portion preservation

The Gatwick vs The Block

For anyone who watched #TheBlock2018, here’s a reminder of what the inside of the #TheGatwickHotel looked like before they demolished it all in order to create empty shells for the contestants to decorate. I’m still fuming that the @CityOfPortPhillip didn’t lift a finger to try to save any of this (and the perfectly intact 1937 … Continue reading The Gatwick vs The Block

Federation Square heritage listing #1

So #FederationSquare has been confirmed by #HeritageVictoria as having state heritage significance, which should mean no Apple Store ! This might be subject to an appeal, but unless the State Government intervenes to overturn it I'm sure it will be confirmed, and that should mean the Apple store won't happen, unless they just go into … Continue reading Federation Square heritage listing #1