Well, we don't have a view to the north from home. Swanston Street is the central spine of Melbourne. It is said to be the busiest tram street in the world, with eight trams routes using the street. It is also the street for demonstrations and the two are not compatible. People demonstrate, trams get diverted and or turned back before they get to Swanston Street. It is very inconvenient, but people should be allowed to demonstrate.
Look south down Swanston Street and in the distance is the Shrine of Remembrance to honour the war dead, built on a constructed hill post WW I. Looking to the north was the old iconic Carlton & United Breweries. Most of the brewery was demolished and for many years the site stood empty.
Eventually a building went up and it is now what you see when you look up Swanston Street. It is as fugly as it could possibly be. If we weren't directly told, we were certainly given the impression that the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Design Hub would be environmentally sound, with these discs about thirty centimetres thick that would adjust themselves, that is move up or down depending on the sun and the need for heat or cooling within the building.
They did nothing and remained static and we had been sold a lie, until they became very unstatic and began to fall off. It is a horrid building on a prime site at the end of our most important city axis.
I can't remember if it was Labor or Liberals in power at the time when it was approved. Maybe the approval lies at the feet of City of Melbourne or the evil VCAT, but I would be all for my taxes being spent demolishing the building and starting again. Scaffolding now surround the five year old building and protected walkways have been built at the base. The building behind is a bit interesting but it's very terribly hard to take a good photo. I will stand in the middle of tram tracks one day and see what I can do.
Later edit: The building is not really visible until you reach the top of Swanston Street. The building to the left is more visible, but something seems to be going up in front of that.