Melbourne Architecture Tour

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OUR tour  tells the Melbourne Architectural Story from early lanes to  goldrush boom to inter-war to the modern era and  to the carbon neutral city of of the future.
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 visit landmark heritage, innovative and sustainable design architecture walking north from Federation Square  along Melbourne’s civic spine 
FORTUNATELY  Melbourne has been a planned city since Robert Hoddle laid out  the famous 1837  ‘Grid’ or ‘Golden Mile’ enabling us to see a wide choice of buildings by foot.
THIS tour also tells the story of extraordinary revival.   Since 
the 1990s, the city centre population has expanded incredibly from just 400 to 135,000 residents, becoming a cultural mecca and voted ‘the most liveable city in the world’.  Was it design or luck? Are there lessons for other cities? What precious assets are under threat?
SEE also our sustainable architecture and design tour.
TOURS are normally 2.5 hours  long (or 2 hours for student groups) but can be adjusted. on request.

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SEE  –  Also our many OTHER SCHOOL PROGRAMS.  – Explorer, Federation, Aboriginal, Early Melbourne, Lanes, Literature, ‘Runner’, Street Art and more…

‘Thanks again for a highly educational and enjoyable tour for all our visitors, not just the range of building but the architectural evolution  of the city over time’.  Tina 2017.
‘Eye opening! Why aren’t I living here….?’ Angela and visitors 2018.

‘Fantastic feedback from our staff who attended your tours and thought all three of your guides were very engaging for our Year Nine’s, which isn’t easy!!’ 
 Pt Cook College, 2016.
‘I found the architectural tour to be most interesting, as we could apply our knowledge to and be inspired by real architecture designed for specific purposes.”  Ministry of Mercy Education 2016.

OUR ROUTE can vary depending on building accessibility, weather, construction, time of week and public holidays  but  usually includes a mix of buildings and design below:

SWANSTON STREET/ST KILDA ROAD
Federation Square Atrium (2002) – Lab Architecture Studio, Bates Smart.
Nearmnew, Paul Carter 2002.
New Metro Underground RSHP,  HWW 2018-2026
Flinders Street Station (1910) – JW Fawcett, HPC Ashworth.
The Carbon Neutral Precinct 2016.
Bunjil’s world: Caring for Country Strategy.
Eureka Tower, 108 and Phoenix , Fender 171 Collins Street - Foyer birdseyeKatsilides.
Evan Walker’s Southbank.
Hoddle Grid 1837-2018, the walking city.

FLINDERS LANE
Phoenix, Flinders St, Fender Katsilides 2011
Nicholas Building (1926) – Harry Norris
Hosier: Architecture , art and design of lanes.
Adelphi Hotel (1993) – DCM
St Paul’s Cathedral (1891) – William Butterfield, Reed and Barnes.
171 Collins (BHP), Mayfair Theatre,  Bates Smart 2014.
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Paris End: Churches, theatres, clubs
Regent Theatre, Cedric Ballantye 1930
Melbourne Town Hall (1867), Joseph Reed
Manchester Unity, Marcus Barlow 1932.
St Collins Lane, 2017, ARM Architects
Centreway 1911, Edwardian Baroque, Tompkins, Cocks Carmichael Whitford,
Kodak House  252 Collins St, Oakley/Parkes,1934.
Lyric House
Napier Waller, Newspaper House, 247 Collins, Stephenson, Renaissance Revival
Block Arcade, 1891, 280 Collins, Twentyman and Askew, Marvellous Melbourne
Royal Arcade 1869 Charles Webb,
Banking Chamber (1892, 1990) – Lloyd Tayler and Alfred Dunn (1892) and Nelson Architects International and Robert Peck von Hartel Trethowan Pty Ltd. (1990), Marvellous Melbourne
Coles Book Arcade 1890, Howey Place, Marvellous Melbourne

FOR INTEREST OTHER KEY ARCHITECTURAL LANDMARKS
Buckley & Nunn 294-296 Bourke Street, Bates, Smart & McCutcheon in style, Jazz Modern 1934
Melbourne Post Office (1859-1907) A.E. Johnson, Walter Burley Griffin, VictorianImage result for phoenix building flinders street sustainable design
Myers, 314 Bourke, HW and FB Tompkins, Streamlined Moderne
Royal Arcade, 331 Bourke, 1869, Charles Webb, Victorian
Council House 2 (2006) – City of Melbourne, Design Inc.
Melbourne Central (1988-2005) – Kisho Kurokawa, Bates Smart and McCutcheon and Hassell/Ashton Raggat McDougall
Storey Hall (1887/1995) – Tappin Gilbert & Dennehy /Ashton Raggatt McDougall.
RMIT Building 8 (1993) – Edmond and Corrigan
Building 80, Lyons Architects
Design Hub,  23 Cardigan St, Carlton, Sean Godsell.
Portrait Building – William Barak Apartments, Swanston Street,  Ashton Raggat McDougall
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2002) – Wood Marsh Architects
School of Drama, Victorian College of the Arts (2002) – Edmond & Corrigan
Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts (2004) – Minifie Nixon
Melbourne Theatre Company & Melbourne Recital Centre (2008) – Ashton Raggat McDougall
Eureka Tower (2006) – Fender Katsalidis
Queensbridge Square (2006) – City of Melbourne
Australian Histories and The Travellers (2006) – City of Melbourne and Nadim Karam
Royal Exhibition Building (1880) – Joseph Reed
Melbourne Museum (2000) – Denton Corker Marshall.
Melbourne University School of Design John Wardle Architects

Docklands
Tower 5 at Yarra’s Edge – (2000) Wood Marsh Architects. .
Webb Bridge (2003) – Robert Owen, Denton Corker Marshall; (connecting Yarra’s Edge and Docklands Park)
ANZ Headquarters – Hassell; 5-star green star energy building.
NAB Headquarters (2005) – Bligh Voller Neild.
Digital Harbour Port 1010 (2006) – Ashton Raggat McDougall.

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Some Sustainable ‘Green’ Buildings and Design
Federation Square Atrium
Council House 2 (CH2) 218-242 Little Collins St- 6 Star Green Star – DesignInc Melbourne Pty Ltd
Hero Apartments former Russell Street Telephone Exchange and Post Office.
Ross House, Flinders Lane (retrofit)
55 Swanston (rerofit)
Coramandel Green Lane
Urban Workshop, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 4 Star Green – John Wardle Architects, Hassell and NH Architecture
ANZ Headquarters – Hassell; 5-star green star energy building.
500 Bourke Street Melbourne 5 Star Green Star – John Wardles Architects; Peddle Thorp Architects
181 William Street 5 Star Green Star –:Bates Smart and SJB joint venture
550 Bourke Street (Extension) 5 Star Green Star – Bates Smart and SJB joint venture

See Victorian Architecture Awards

RECOMMENDED BOOKS
Design City Melbourne.  Leon Van Schaik. Wiley Press.
Melbourne Architecture by Phillip Goad. Watermark Press.
A Pictorial Guide to Australian Architecture, Styles and terms from 1788 to the present by Richard Appleby, Robert Irving. Peter Reynolds, Angus and Robertson.
Walking Melbourne, A National Trust guide to the historic and architectural landmarks of central Melbourne by Rohan Storey.
Melbourne: The City’s History and Development Lewis, Miles, City of Melbourne, 1995
150 Years of Australian Architecture, Philip Goad, ‘Bates Smart: Fishermans Bend, 2004.
Melbourne by Sophie Cunningham 2011.
Characters: Cultural Stories Revealed Through Typography by Stephen Banham 2011.
The Place for a Village. How Nature has shaped the city of Melbourne. Gary Presland.
Essential but Unplanned: the story of Melbourne’s Lanes, Bate, Weston, Main Ridge: Loch Haven Books 1994
Melbourne Remade. Seamus O’Hanlon. The Inner city Since the 1970s. Arcade Publications 2010.

HERITAGE PHONE APPS
Vic Heritage        
Explores the histories of important and unusual places in Melbourne and Victoria.
Transforming the Yarra        
Architects and designers guide you to the places, images and buildings that have transformed the Yarra River.
The Sound of Buildings – one and two:      
Stories of and guides to Melbourne’s iconic places, images and buildings by writers, planners, designers.
Lost 100      
Point the phone at a building and see past buildings. Yes, really!
Formative Melbourne Walk      
The architecture and images of the Marvellous Melbourne buildings on and around Collins Street.
Our City:       Stories of and guides to Melbourne’s iconic buildings by the National Trust
Open House Melbourne:      Guide to building open annually to the public on Melbourne Open Day.

 

 

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