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It was Melbourne open house again on the weekend. Most of the awesome buildings were well and truly packed. The line for MU was 2.5 hours long. Still, we got to see a few..

  • Tasma Terrace
  • ICI House
  • T&G
  • Town Hall
  • 271 Collins St
  • The Rialto (the hotel bit)
  • Donkey Wheel House

Unsurprisingly I took my camera :)
I met up with my architecturally inclined friends at Parliament.


First stop Tasma Terrace. The National trust headquarters.


Stunning place. The detail is perfect.


The bosses office.


Beautiful staircase.


You know what I thought as I left? Thank god I don't live in the 1880's with these cramped horrible buildings.


Walked right past the fire museum without going in. That's open any sunday :)


I was looking forward to Orica/ICI.


So modern :)


The foyer is a new addition. The original entrance was around the back.


I'd hit that.


Bates Smart did the tour. This was their office.


Model of FWP.


I don't know what building this is, but put it there.


<will insert photo here later>

After a wander


Made it to T&G


I was stunned!


I didn't


know this


was here!


Worlds most perfect elevator?



We headed to MU.


You could see them up there. Enjoying the tour.


But it was full.

As was this.


This wasn't


Or this.





271 Collins St was next. Last time I was here it was a bank.


I was kind of disappointed.


I just don't like the mix. What the **** were they doing?


Eh. You've seen this before.



So here is Donkey Wheel House.


Renovators dream.


I'm kind of glad it doesn't work.


The worlds least perfect elevator.


It's a weird space.


With a view!


And rubbish bins on the 3rd floor.


And walls in the middle of the room.


And this.


And that.


And these. :wink2:
 

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^^ Did you like that 1950s-era video they showed at Bates Smart's office in Orica House? :lol:

I liked the way they had modelled their office - nice touch with the ceiling. Very open, bright and airy :yes:

L2 went to three of the buildings in the morning when there were smaller crowds. The line at Manchester Unity already stretched back to Australia on Collins at 10am, I hate to think how it was at 2pm! :eek:hno:
 

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^^

Thanks for those great photos it's much appreciated

I'm bitterly disappointed that I missed the day. Had a hangover :nuts: so it's all my fault :eek:hno:

Are there any other similar events coming up this year or do I have to wait until next year?
 

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I came too late and didn't try hard enough to get into the buildings so I only got into the shrine of rememberance. (damn).
Are people usually allowed onto the balcony of it?

I got a quick shot of a portion of the Manchester Unity queue..
 

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FANTASTIC :)
I was working over the weekend, this is the next best thing, thanks :)
and whats with that bubble gum pink blobs in the old Tramways building ?? is it art ??
 

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Great Photos! Thanks for posting them.

I got up the ICI building, 101 Collins, T&G and was also tricked into walking to the Fire Station too :)

I was not going to wait around all day for some of the others. Next year I'll go earlier and get in some more.

The ICI video was great. All the workers catching a lift on the crane was a bit disturbing by today's standards.
 

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I went to a few opens as well.

Magnificent interior of Queen's Hall at The State Library of Victoria. Opened 1856




Melbourne Town Hall


Tasma Terrace (formerly Parliament Place)


No.2 Treasury Place - amazing and huge mass of Renaissance Revival architecture
 

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Wonderful...absolutely magnificent. I remember when the Queens hall at the State Library contained the arts and music section...it was wonderful to sit and read in there. Such a shame that it is no longer in use.
 

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Thanks folks for the shots. I recognised the lifts in the T&G Building from the current advertising campaign for AXA.

Nice to see that they have retained the original lift signs in ICI.

If I am correct 271 Collins is a Melbourne City Council Library???
 

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Fantastic collage for those of us unable to attend.

Guess i'll be holding off until the next one, and hope work is off the cards for that day.
 

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No.2 Treasury Place - amazing and huge mass of Renaissance Revival architecture
And to think that such a amazing building is hardly visable other than from the Treasury gardens, behind No.1 Treasury Place which is itself a masterpiece.
Walking around that whole area is like taking a step back in time. :)

Thanks Dean.. :)
 

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I managed to get into the MU building. Will try to upload pics when I get a chance (i doubt they'd be any good however given my battery was almost flat). Also saw town hall, 101 collins, and the t&g.
 

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Thanks everyone. Nice shots Dean!
^^ Did you like that 1950s-era video they showed at Bates Smart's office in Orica House? :lol:
Yeah that was great :D I loved the "everything is about accuracy" line while they show a bloke holding a tape measure.

and whats with that bubble gum pink blobs in the old Tramways building ?? is it art ??
Yeah I think a colony of artists moved in. Hopefully they realise the awesomeness of their old building and don't modernise everything.

I managed to get into the MU building. Will try to upload pics when I get a chance (i doubt they'd be any good however given my battery was almost flat). Also saw town hall, 101 collins, and the t&g.
Nice work getting into MU! I think i'll be lining up early next year :)
 

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^^ some great photos, especially of Queen's Hall, at the Library, which I haven't seen since it housed the Museum of Science and Technology.

What's happening at 271 Collins Street (all those books)?

I arrived late and only got to see the Capitol Theatre: I've posted this elsewhere:



Incidentally, one of the staff mentioned that there was an "Open House" photo competition: I'll leave it to Dean and Uewepuep to contribute.
 

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The winners of the photo contest...

exterior (shrine of remembrance)


detail (state library)


interior (capitol theatre)


people/crowd (melbourne town hall)



and I can't find the series photos (substation)
 
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