To say what was constructed between the two old buildings of the RMIT was controversial is an understatement. It is truly ghastly and now fading badly and something will have to be done with the offensive modern structure. Note it is now RMIT University, and I suppose it is a Uni really, but what an ugly name.
I entered to have a look around and there was a lot of building works happening. Here is some completed much earlier.
Lighting for down below. Many of these in Australia have been filled in or removed. They were often branded Luxfer, but this ones seems not to be.
A happy mix of the old and the new? You can judge.
There were some art gallery spaces within. I don't pretend to have a clue about any of what I saw, including these television screens.
Two cameos would light up accompanied by a sound for perhaps thirty seconds and then another two would light up as the previous two went out. I am just not getting this modern art.
More television screens, showing something that is probably artistic.
This did amuse me slightly.
Maybe something to do with Australia's aboriginal history? Maybe?
These teeth were in a passage way and you can guess what happened when you went up to them to examine more closely.
A little trickery with endless film tape spooling down from the film projector above.
In a room of its own. It is a...............installation?
Well, that is enough of modern artistic culture for me. I am back outside to see things I better understand.
I did not know there was a large space behind the main RMIT buildings with some rather nice buildings.
This is only of interest because in the background you can see the police radio mast on the long closed Russell Street Police Station, the site of a terrible car bombing many years ago. The building is now apartments. The police radio system was known as D24 and you may on odd occasions still hear it referred to as such, "Call D24".
Old entrance lamps either side of the doorway.
Entrance lamps appropriate to the age of the building.
Again, lamps roughly appropriate to the age of the building.
I'm sure it looked terrific in the architectural drawings.
Will such buildings ever be loved?
Enough of the learnin' institution. Out in Franklin Street is the City Baths, renovated in the 1980s and still popular for swimming and exercise. The new building I think is by the developer Grocon or it could be Multiplex. It sits on the old site of the giant Carlton United Breweries. While I remember the beer trucks coming and going from the brewery, it was long before my time that the area was an unsavoury place where the youth gang the Carlton Roughs used to hang out.
Still in Franklin Street, I had no idea this place was there. What to make of Vampire Vaudeville? Not sure it is my thing.
Just across Swanston Street is Hardrock, a place for rock climbing of sorts. From what I have seen from the outside, although nothing like real rock climbing, it is quite difficult and best left for the younguns.