Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Thinking Melbourne, Thinking Fed Square

Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia. November 2008. Ajr
This is where I was this time last year – spending much of my time slouching around Melbourne’s cultural centre, Federation Square, colloquially known as Fed Square. Designed by the Melbourne architectural practice, Lab Architecture Studio, the complex was built (2002-2004) on top of a concrete platform that straddles the busy railway lines below. Chief among its collected buildings is the National Gallery of Victoria’s newest and second premises, the Ian Potter Centre – the entrance pictured above, the rear of the gallery photographed from the riverbank, below. I love this whole area and last year was lucky enough to visit at the same time as a major sculptural award, with works scattered in and around the square. (If you put Melbourne of Federation Square into the blog index top left, you’ll be able to view many of those works). Quite apart from that, the place teems with people day and night and it’s a fabulous place to sit to get the feel of Melbourne as a city. It’s also home to one of my favourite restaurants, The Chocolate Buddha and I can't wait to get back there is a month or two. www.ngv.vic.gov.au www.labarchitecture.com www.federationsquare.com.au www.chocolatebuddha.com.au

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