Friday, April 29, 2011

Snapshots, Melbourne Uni

I was waiting for someone outside the 1888 building at Melbourne Uni the other day. I have been there so much over the past decade as a student and as staff but because I work there I tend not to take many photos. I had some time on my hands, and a camera and the sun was shining so here a few snaps.

 The 188 building itself. I like all it crowded ornament set against the red brick. There is always something about brick as a material on a façade that helps to tone down crazy ornament in a way a stucco or rendered façade wouldn't. There is something almost mannerist about the ornament, the crowded banded columns and the strange spiky pyramids. Though it lacks the elegance of more sophisticated mannerist architecture, everything is a bit crowded, a bit squeezed, but I still like it. 

I have to admit to never taking much notice of this pub, I don't really like it as a place to go (the interior is pretty awful, blonde tiles etc). But in the afternoon autumn sun the outside looks pretty good. I am guessing it was built in 1926 as the date above the door suggests, it has been designed to look older unlike a few of the other deco style pubs around this area.


  1. Haha I have some very vague memories of this place from when I was a college student back in early 2000s!

    The postgrad building is lovely isn't it!

  2. Oh, that building is one of the Oldest University in Melbourne. BTW nice shots..

  3. That 123 old building was really lovely it has this essential architecture and the hotel that you took some picture was not really inviting for me too but aren't you proud of having those building built in your place where you were born? It's old but still standing there beside those new buildings. We should all be amazed by the one who build those buildings and tell them good job!
    Thanks for the beautiful post and pictures, hope to see more of your works. Good job for you!

  4. I don't mind the crowded ornament set against the red brick too much. The banded columns and the spiky pyramids ARE a bit strange, but as long as the trees, gardens and lawns are intact, that is fine. I was at Melbourne Uni in the mid 1960s, before the destruction of green space set in.


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