Melbourne has if fair share of ugly modern buildings but as we don't generally have the spectacular views that Sydney has, bad buildings perhaps don't impact on us as much as Sydney's do on their lands.
I think of a block I have mentioned previously in Kings Cross. There aren't too many places in inner Sydney where this building doesn't dominate the skyline. Let me see if the this link works.
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Victor recently posted a photo of a doozy in Darling Point. Check it out here.
But what inspired me to write this post is Blues Point Tower. It is a Harry Seidler designed apartment tower situated on this prime piece of land at McMahons Point on Sydney's north shore. What a location! What views! What an outrage.
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Blues Point Tower was completed in 1961 and is less that a kilometre from the Harbour Bridge. Imagine the impact is. It is said that the only people who like it are those who live in it and therefore don't have to look at it. Famous residents have been Rupert Murdoch, Gwen Meredith, writer of Blue Hills, and BPT was where Whitlam Government Federal Minister Rex O'Connor met Tirath Khemlani to arrange a loan for Australia. The building is also a favourite site for base jumpers. One died in 1993.
Apart from it being widely disliked, as much as for its appearance as its dominant location and dominant presence, it was the first Strata Title high rise apartment building in the world.
Photos from sydneyarchitecture.com Doesn't flatter the Bridge does it?
It would be nice to live in almost a public park. I always like to judge buildings by how they relate to their surrounds, be the surrounds of a natural kind or a built kind. In my view, this is a non!