Sunday, September 06, 2015

Sunday Selections

I am joining River with Sunday Selections and this Sunday the photos are not so random and I think all taken on the same day, although some time ago.

The east of Federation Square is not a particularly attractive place. Note the very skinny modern building near the centre of the photo, in Flinders Street.


Famed for its graffiti and murals, Hosier Lane is ever popular with tourists but not really popular with me.


The Forum Theatre is owned by the Marriner Group and is badly in need of maintenance. David Marriner says he will stump up to have it restored if he can build a huge glass tower behind it.


The Duke of Wellington at the corner of Flinders and Russell Streets was established in 1853 and is Melbourne's oldest licensed (to serve alcohol) hotel.


Chanel, Russell Street.


I am guessing these are 'bunjils', an aboriginal word for eagles.


Louis Vuitton.


Scots Church on one corner.


St Michael's Uniting Church on the other.


Strange sculpture.


More strange sculpture, which I believe sits over a closed underground men's toilet.


How did traffic lights get up there?


Life is an illusion and this building may be too.


I must have changed trains in Richmond. Should buildings like this be saved? I believe so because what will replace it will be vile. This early Victorian style building sits comfortably in the street and a coat of paint is all that is needed.


In Balaclava now. This is what you do with old buildings. Make use of them in new construction.


The Greyhound Hotel looks fantastic now, especially when illuminated at night. The new block of flats next to it is ghastly and way too tall for the street. It looks even worse when viewed from across Brighton Road.

32 comments:

  1. The 'illusion' building is really disconcerting.
    I am not usually a fan of cities, but I love the perspectives you give us.
    And I have to ask, why are you not a fan of Hosier Lane?
    Love the bunyil.

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    1. EC, there is nothing in Hosier Lane for anyone to go there except for murals and graffiti. Centre Place is so much better where we have brunch. The walkway has a reason for being there and is by the number of tourists who walk through there, it is on a map.

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  2. Andrew , the theatre is fantastic.The churches look impressive

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    1. Gosia, Melbourne has many impressive churches, except no-on attends services any more.

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  3. We have simular buildings in Sydney, when I worked at NRMA the building next to us was protected at street level it it was only two stories but now it has another building on top of it, always looked a bit odd to me. Merle..............

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    1. Merle, that kind of thing can work, but it doesn't always.

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  4. What a fascinating mix of architecture and public art on your day out Andrew.

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    1. Thank you Carol. There will be more of course.

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  5. I can't quite get my head around the "illusion" building no matter how many times I look at it.

    Great photos. I always enjoy your architectural tours of Melbourne.

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    1. CM, I will revisit the building because I think I am mixing up two different buildings in my head and I need to be clear.

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  6. I see places like the Louis Vuitton and Chanel shops all the time and love that they re-utilised the Victorian architecture rather than destroying it.

    But I have never noticed the eagles or that green sculpture thingy. I must rush around the city with my head down :(

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    1. Hels, I had not noticed the two 'label' buildings before. They are terrific. Not really a part of town you would normally visit?

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  7. I like the Forum Theatre, it has a fairytale castle look to it. The "illusion" wavy building is interesting, does it catch the setting sun at all? Imagine it blazing with pinks and golds. (Yes, I've just come from EC's).
    The block of flats behind the greyhound Hotel looks a lot like many we have here in Adelaide. All new, all white and glass, all huge. They're saved from outright ugliness by the balconies and stepped appearance and in time will be just another part of the cityscape.

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    1. River, yes, the illusion building faces west, so would catch the setting sun. Many of the new flat blocks are ok, but this one is a real stinker. It looks cheap and probably was to build and is very out of scale with the street.

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  8. I like the Michael's Uniting Church, very pretty. That Victorian building will be fine with, like you say, a clean up paint job.

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    1. Stayer, you can hardly see the other church but both are really nice. Yes, re-purpose buildings but that does not make developers big money.

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  9. A closed underground men's toilet?? With a sculpture on top?? Is that weird, or is that just me?!?! Looks like further investigation is required!!

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    1. Red, my first memory of the underground lav was it was a pay toilet, maybe 5 cents for men to use a cubicle. Later fees were done away with. There are still a couple of undergrounds loos without views at all in Melbourne.

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  10. I don't like the tall skinny building in your first image. The proportions look weird....I guess it comes down to maximising vertical space at the expense of aesthetics.

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    1. Ad Rad, it looks like it was just jammed into an available space.

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  11. Hels, that LV building used to be The Alexandra Club, the historic city base of all the best Western District grazier's wives. When they sold that corner to the hotel developers there was a clause allowing them eternal residency up on the 3rd floor.

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    1. How interesting Ann. Should we assume the club is still there?

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  12. Not keen on Hosier Lane? Pourquoi? I must admit these days because there's so much street art in Perth and because I only show it once a week I can pick and choose only the work I really like. Love it when the old buildings are renovated and used for modern day purposes, although that tall curvy building is strangely appealing :)

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    1. Grace, I will take another look at the curvy building. Per capita, I think Perth is streets ahead in good street art.

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  13. Thanks for the run down, interesting photos indeed.

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  14. Interesting to see your town, it looks very British !

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    1. Gattina, indeed, Melbourne's old history is very British.

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  15. Good to see a part of Melbourne that you see. The old building does need a paint, it would look like new.
    Lots of churches there, & in many cities and towns, most not used these days. Makes me wonder what will happen to them in the future..

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    1. Margaret, many of our churches have found other uses but it is a bit harder when they are out in the country.

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  16. Some Churches here in Adelaide have been sold and converted to homes, one in the Real Estate pages last weekend looks like a converted warehouse style.

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    1. River, yes they are ideal for warehouse style conversions. Very hard to heat.

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