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Old October 18th, 2005, 02:14 AM   #1
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Federation Square, Marvellous Melbourne

Federation Square, Melbourne

The Centre of Melbourne

Federation Square was one of the most ambitious construction projects ever undertaken in Australia, involving a large team of specialists.

Including:

• Project Design: Lab architecture studio + Bates Smart (1997 - 2003)

• Managing Contractor: Multiplex (1998 - 2003)
Deck construction: 1996 - 1997 (Leighton Contractors)

The size of an entire city block, Federation Square is a living, breathing focus for Melbourne and Victorian community life positioned in the very centre of the city. It brings together a creative mix of attractions, including galleries, cinemas, restaurants, cafes, bars, two dedicated function centres, festivals, events and public open spaces embraced by some of the most stunning architecture in the world.

Federation Square- located on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne.

Below are fourteen images I have recently taken of Federation Square.





























One of the most photogenic sites in Melbourne allows for a plethora of postcards as seen below.



















A concert scene below.


Harvie Krumpet and the Oscar award can be seen in ACMI.


The DCM design that was rejected below.

Thank God for that!

The Website:
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Old October 18th, 2005, 03:18 AM   #2
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I wasn't that impressed with it when I visited Melbourne earlier this year, it's a bit too radical a design and an eyesore.
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Old October 18th, 2005, 03:18 AM   #3
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As the story says absolutely stunning esp at night.Yep the DCM one was very ordinary.
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Old October 18th, 2005, 03:20 AM   #4
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I wasn't that impressed with it when I visited Melbourne earlier this year, it's a bit too radical a design and an eyesore.
Eyesore??? is it that Brissy chip on the shoulder getting to you again?
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Old October 18th, 2005, 03:28 AM   #5
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If you read my thread on going to Melbourne, you will see I was raving about how good it was, but Federation Square did not really move me.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=259538

I didn't like the wavy roof train station either (Spencer St?)
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Old October 18th, 2005, 03:39 AM   #6
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You cannot be bagging Southern Cross Station, it is the best in the nation....no other city on this land has attempted the architecture styles that Melbourne has. They may not be of your taste but you have to recognise that they are feats of great architecture...especially Southern Cross.

This below really isnt an eyesore....

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Old October 18th, 2005, 03:56 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Aussie Bhoy
If you read my thread on going to Melbourne, you will see I was raving about how good it was, but Federation Square did not really move me.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=259538

I didn't like the wavy roof train station either (Spencer St?)
i dont mind that you dont like Fed square. You mentioned it was a bit too radical for you. that's probably why i think it's great. coz it's not main stream. im actaully glad some people like it, some love it and some hate it. it creates an opportunity to discuss and debate the great diversity of Melbourne's architecture,both new and old.

Sothern Cross Station on the other hand is simply magic. The curves of the roof are majestic. im not sure what your thinking there when you say you dont like it. besides its not finished so most of us are judging it when there's still shit everywhere and some parts still look a shambles.

my 2 cents

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Old October 18th, 2005, 04:42 AM   #8
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Maybe he just prefers a more conservative, workable design rather than bold yet superfluous statements that many of today's architectural works exhibit. Just because it's bubbly, bulgy and curvy doesn't mean it's the bees knees.

As for Fed Square, it's certainly an interesting design but I wouldn't call it a beautiful building.
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Old October 18th, 2005, 06:34 AM   #9
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The days of Melbourne being 'the wife' are long a thing of the past. Lately, whats been great about Melbourne is its daring architecture. Its by far the most radical of Australian cities - certainly lately. It's not afraid of art and I totally love that about. It's totally tossed the conservative image out the door.

Always better to be daring than dull - even if it does shock. As they say to each their own anyway. Don't like it, take the train to Frankston.

Never saw the reject bid: The DCM proposal makes me think of the freeway with the 'cheese sticks' coming from Tulla. It's not that bad but its something that would look better elsewhere in town.

It has more of a cool 'auto dealership' quality about. Either that or it would make a cool campus building at LaTrobe or something. A tram interchange? It probably shock those suburban NIMBYS straight to hell and back again!!
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Old October 18th, 2005, 08:08 AM   #10
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well they certainly don't have anything quite like that in Sydney, I like it.
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Old October 18th, 2005, 09:04 AM   #11
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My piece of Fed Square.



Dean, I couldn't have said it better myself not only is it a greatpiece of architecture but like any successful work it stirs up a lot of discussion.
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Old October 18th, 2005, 09:11 AM   #12
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I'm not a fan of Fed Square myself but I'd rather Melbourne continued to take risks with its architecture than play it safe.

Got to say though, has anyone looked at the shard and other silver coated parts lately? Looks like the material used has started to corrode in some way. That, for $400 billion is not good enough.

Okay so it's million but still...
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Old October 18th, 2005, 09:27 AM   #13
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^That was intented. It's zinc, which weathers to a soft dull grey. Similar to the roof tops you see in Paris, it's a very popular material in Europe.
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Old October 18th, 2005, 10:06 AM   #14
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It's like corten (rusted) steel the only reason architects use it is because of the way it ages, plus it looks cool .
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Old October 18th, 2005, 10:49 AM   #15
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Oh, okay. I think.
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Old October 18th, 2005, 11:52 AM   #16
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nice photos collector.
i dont mind fed square. havent seen it in person yet but can tell it will be an intresting visit.some of the exterior elements look wayout but cool. the interior looks devine.
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Old October 18th, 2005, 11:53 AM   #17
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Ok, here's my 2c worth.

I have gone from loathing Federation Square to just mildly disliking it. Yes, it has grown on me but I don't consider it beautiful as a whole.

That said, I like the glass and stone on the Flinders Street side. I absolutely hate the weathering zinc. It looks so cheap and when one compares it to the beautiful stonework and glazing on the other parts of the site, it is such a shame. If those parts had been clad in stone as well, it would have "complimented" St Pauls and Flinders Street Railway Station. As it is, they remind me of the garden shed.

I am really liking the look of the new Spencer Street Railway Station. The wavy roof is a good compromise between suitable conservatism for the area whilst being contemporary for our era.

But perhaps the best bit is this:

If you stand in front of the former Postal Exchange and look down Spencer Street, you can see the beautiful Railways Building clearly because of the set-back nature of the station. The wavy roof does not intrude in the slightest with this view, yet still provides the stately importance of a major railway station.

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^ I disagree about the zink to matching the stone - it's quite a commonly used material in the roofs of many older buildings, and IMO when weathered is a beautiful contrast to natural stone.

I believe it will in time provide a perfect contrast to the weathered copper of FSS.

Notre Dame in Paris is one example, where large areas of zinc are used to a great effect.

For example...
http://www.yyquest.net/albums/album23/rooftop.jpg
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Old October 18th, 2005, 01:33 PM   #19
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It's all subjective but generally the people I've spoken to who seem to dislike Fed Sq do so, because of its "garishness". The terrocotta kitchen tile look especially doesn't go down well. It seems to be more of an aesthetic thing. Space: great: Function: great: looks: yuck. It's not subtle. It's kind of loud. And aggressive.

Personally I like the MTC concept more. It's radical and progressive, without shouting it at you. And there's no terracotta in sight.

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If Fed Square shouts then the new MTC building will scream! Giant glowing pipes wrapped around the facade like a huge optical illusion and a massive 30 metre high geometric, fishbowl window right up to the footpath is about as loud as it gets. ARM are the most in your face architects in Australia and the MTC building, especially at night, will be like tripping the light fantastic
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