|The Total Carpark by Bernard Joyce for Bogle & Banfield (1965). Photo ©Darren Bradley|
|A view of the Total Carpark from the street. This shot wouldn't be possible in the summer. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
So, knowing Melbourne's checkered past with preservation, I made a point to revisit several buildings that I'd spotted previously but hadn't been able to photograph for various reasons (or had taken crappy photos of, due to the weather or sun position, etc.).
One of them was this brutalist gem, the Plumbers and Gasfitters Union building on Victoria Boulevard. Definitely one of the most interesting examples of brutalist architecture I saw in Melbourne. It was also a pain in the ass to shoot well, because of that true and all the signs and everything in front of it. There was also a long row of trash bins out front, which I had to move out of the way before shooting this (they are piled up around the corner - sorry guys!)
It was also an opportunity to visit an old favorite - Sean Godsell's RMIT Design Hub. Some have criticized this building for its scale and lack of street presence (yes, Rory, I know..!), and I understand and don't disagree. But it's such a visually striking and photogenic building, I just can't help but love it.
There's a lot of new construction going on in that part of town, both with the RMIT campus and with housing and other commercial buildings around it. Here's one of the more interesting new condo buildings I saw:
|Yes, there's a little person standing up on one of those balconies, watching me. Photo ©Darren Bradley.|
And nearby, the local phallic symbol - the Arts Centre by Sir Roy Grounds. Not a huge fan of this project, but it's one of the obligatory things you almost HAVE to photograph when you're in Melbourne... Sort of the like Shot Tower.
And while I'm showing iPhone shots, here are a few more of the streets, as I was walking around...
|Finally, a church I can support. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
|One of my favorite (and most underrated) buildings in the CBD is the Royal Mail House. Love those shadows. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
|Yeah, I know, it's not modern. But c'mon... it's still pretty cool. I like it, anyway. See? I can still appreciate other kinds of architecture - sometimes... Photo ©Darren Bradley|
And finally, there's pub called the Prahran Hotel (in Australia, pubs are often called hotels, even though they don't actually rent out rooms for the night). This pub was recently redone in a most ingenious and interesting way. I knew about it before my previous trip, but never got a chance to get out there. So I made a point of taking a trip to see it this time.
|Wish I could have had those cars moved. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
|Close up. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
|No idea who designed this, but I love it. North Balwyn, I think. That's solid terrazzo used on the balcony, and probably inside, as well. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
|Another anonymous modern in North Balwyn. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
|Another one in North Balwyn, I think. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
|Architect Keith Lodge's own residence in East Kew, restored to its original colors (1959). Photo ©Darren Bradley|
|Stargazer, by Peter McIntyre. It looks more or less in good condition here, but that's because you haven't seen the front door (or the interior, from what I hear). Photo ©Darren Bradley|
|This one, by Polish-born architect Kurt Elsner in the late 1950s, is in Kew. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
|Robin Boyd in Studley Park, here doing a nod to traditional Australian red brick homes with a modernist version that includes steel I-beams. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
|And another Robin Boyd-design - more international modern this time. |
This is the Albert Date Residence in Studley Park. Photo ©Darren Bradley
|Another modern home in Studley Park. This one is by Chancellor & Patrick. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
|This was probably my favorite from the tour. Check out that crazy cantilever. The perfect, minimalist glass box floating amongst the trees. This is the Guss Residence, by McGlashan & Everist (1961). Photo ©Darren Bradley|
I didn't know what to expect from the Heide Museum of Modern Art, but the main gallery we visited used to be the private home of the founders of the museum. It was designed from the start to be a sort of gallery that would one day become a museum, but it's extraordinary in how it still feels in many respects like a private home. And a stunning one, at that.
Unfortunately, most of the photos that I took of this place were on a card that corrupted and I haven't recovered the images yet. I need to come back here, regardless, to take more photos and just watch how the light and shadows play through the rooms.
Special thanks to Martin, Matthew, and Catherine for being such gracious hosts and especially so much fun to hang out with. I appreciate you guys taking the time to show me around.
|Martin & Matthew in front of the Heide Museum restaurant. Photo ©Darren Bradley|