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Fairbairn House / Inglis Architects

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell

Northcote Residence / Wolveridge Architects

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell

Flipboard Cafe / Brolly Design

  • Architects: Brolly Design
  • Location: 141/149 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Design Team: Martin Heide, Megg Evans
  • Area: 25.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Tanja Milbourne

© Tanja Milbourne © Tanja Milbourne © Tanja Milbourne © Tanja Milbourne

Brighton House / InForm

  • Architects: InForm
  • Location: Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Brendan Finn

© Brendan Finn © Brendan Finn © Brendan Finn © Brendan Finn

The Question of Preserving Melbourne's Modernism

Melbourne newspapers are reporting on an argument breaking out over the preservation of the city's postwar modernist buildings, centering (as ever) on the dispute between their value as cultural heritage vs their 'ugliness' (you can see all the contested buildings in a neat graphic at The Age). While many are in favor of preservation, Alan Davies, in anarticle for Crikey, warns that the cultural benefit in protecting these buildings should always be weighed against the cost of preventing the developments that would have taken their place. Read the full article here.

Altus / Edwards Moore

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BIG, SHoP, Snøhetta Among Shortlist for Melbourne Office Complex

Australian developer CBUS Property has invited four pairs of Australian and internationally-renowned architectural practices to compete to design an office complex at a 6,000 square meter site in downtown MelbourneAustralia where the National Mutual Plaza currently stands. 

Cross Stitch House / FMD Architects

  • Architects: FMD Architects
  • Location: Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Design Team: Fiona Dunin, Andrew Carija, Robert Kolak
  • Landscape Architects: Eckersley Garden Architecture
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts

Nebula / Andrew Maynard Architects

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Hihou / Denton Corker Marshall

© Itsuka Studio © Itsuka Studio © Itsuka Studio © Itsuka Studio

Exhibition: Melbourne Now

Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex creative landscape of Melbourne.

Bluetrain / Studio Equator

© Andrew Wuttke © Andrew Wuttke © Andrew Wuttke © Andrew Wuttke

The Mullet / March Studio

© John Gollings
© John Gollings
  • Architects: March Studio
  • Location: Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Area: 320.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings

Melbourne's Flinders Street Station May Not Be Built

Herzog & de Meuron and HASSELL's winning design for Melbourne's Flinders Street Station might not be built due to the fact "the State Government has of yet, refused to promise funding for the design, and ruled out selling the station in order to finance the construction." The project was estimated to cost "approximately $1 billion to $1.5 billion to be realised", which is "on top of the $1.6 million already spent on the competition", leading critics to describe the competition as a "waste of money."

Postcode 3000 Exhibition

Once labeled 'an empty useless city center,' by architectural commentator Norman Day, the city of Melbourne's transformation since the 1980s has been dramatic. Today, Melbourne is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most liveable cities, with a vibrant, urbane downtown. Currently on show until December 21st at City Gallery in Melbourne, this exhibition examines the impact and legacy of the Postcode 3000 planning policy. Curated by Rob Adams, the exhibition looks at the genesis and typologies of this change and its ongoing impact on the form and vitality of central Melbourne. It asks the question: do we fully comprehend the impact of this latest boom? For more information, please visit here.

The Flinders Street Station "People's Choice Award" Winning Proposal / Eduardo Velasquez + Manuel Pineda + Santiago Medina

Although ultimately not chosen by the jury, who favored HESSELL & Herzog de Meuron's plan, this proposal by Eduardo Velasquez, Manuel Pineda and Santiago Medina for the rejuvenation of Flinders Street Station garnered the most votes from the public, winning the People’s Choice Award. The 'Courtyard Within a Station' concept seeks to activate the north bank of the river, as well as the western end of the site, and to improve the connection to Federation Square; the idea was to not only make the station a significant transportation node within Melbourne, but a new social and cultural center for the city. More images and architects' description after the break.