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Brutalist Buildings of Melbourne (broadband)

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I cannot say I particularly like Brutalism as a style, but it is interesting nonetheless. Melbourne is apparently not particulary rich in Brutalist buildings compared to other cities. Here are some pics I shot yesterday....

Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Pool (Kevin Borland & Daryl Jackson 1967)
Edgar Street, Malvern

St Kilda Public Library (Enrico Taglietti 1973)
150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda

National Gallery of Victoria (Roy Grounds - 1960s)
St Kilda Road, South Yarra

(more pics to come....)

Plumbing Trades Employees Union of Australia Building (Graeme Gunn 1970)
52 Victoria Street, Melbourne

Faculty of Engineering (c.1965)
Grattan Street, University of Melbourne

Metropolitan Fire Brigade
456 Albert Street, East Melbourne

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Grollo said:
The ugliest buildings in Australia, or just the ugliest in Melbourne?

Not just for the way they look but because of possibly the worst street frontages of any buildings in Melbourne, basically blank walls and small entrances which resemble fire escapes fronting onto Swanston Street, the major pedestrian thoroughfare through the centre of Melbourne.

Thank god they realised how bad they were before the finished the entire development:

I quite like the arrangement of the windows, not dissimilar to parts of the large QV resi. I think that the lift cores and the street level blankness is what makes this building offensive.

A more active street frontage and doing something to the lift cores (if not moving them) would dramatically improve this building.

On concrete generally - it really is improving. Good examples are Republic, the small QV resi, that lumpy wall in the city square. It's getting really high quality in the finishes that is important. Also, colours and aggregates are also very important.
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