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Brutalist Buildings of Melbourne (broadband)

9686 Views 43 Replies 25 Participants Last post by  Danubis
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 a sick little fan of Brutalism. Some of those buildings look bad, but I like quite a few. One of my favourite examples is the Queensland Performing Arts Centre/Museum/Art Gallery. Love it. :)
I'm not so sure that the cultural centre is brutalism is it? It's a bit late and it's also not really concrete... I would've called it modernist but then again I don't really know?
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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 don't know my Brutalist from my modernist from my whatsever cheapest to build in the sixties, but IMHO this is Melbournes ugliest building from it's good side

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... I'm not too fond on the Harold Holt Swim centre either... although that could just be because I wouldn't be too comfortable swiming in a pool named after someone who....ahhh.... you know the story... :)
lol :rofl:
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