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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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I'm in two minds about this style as well.
I don't normally like exposed concrete, bad example BHP Billiton, but good examples such as Plumbing Trades Employees Union of Australia do save this style.
I think some developers use this style to their advantage to save money, i.e. "let's not clad this building and pass it off as Brutalism".

p.s. In my opinion, the monolithic bluestone clad NGV international on St Kilda Road is borderline brutalist and I have always considered it Modernist.
I love this building by the way. :yes:
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Hey Tony P, I wouldn't go around saying papervagina is my best friend. :lol: :hilarious :lol:

Brutalism on the Yarra, The World Trade Centre and the old World Congress Centre now called the Melbourne Convention Centre.
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The old World Congress Centre is a bit of a dog, even though it was much admired when it was still new, as seen in the postcard below.

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^^ An interesting point you make here Grollo, I hadn’t realised that they had extended the World Trade Centre.
Both are candidates for immediate demolition NOW! :down:
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