Melbourne has a way of capturing the heart, mind and senses. I find myself whisked away by the buzzing neighbourhoods, superb street art, and towering buildings by day and sparkling lights as the sun goes down. It’s no wonder Melbourne is voted one of the world’s most livable cities year after year.
The diverse architecture of Melbourne complement the unique mix of people and vibrant cultures livening the city. With styles spanning two centuries from the French Renaissance-inspired Flinders Street Station to the the Revival Gothic Cathedrals, the Victorian buildings lining Collins Street, and the more modern skyscrapers A refreshing contrast of old and new.
Come take a walk with me, won’t you?
Flinder’s Street Station
This stunning railway station situated on the corner of Flinders and Swanston St spans two city blocks, linking all four corners of the city. Built in 1910 in French Renaissance style, a distinctive yellow facade, red brick accent and prominent green copper dome, make for Australia’s oldest and boldest train station. Boasting grand archways and a lesser-known hidden, abandoned ballroom, this architectural marvel captures the eyes and hearts of millions. Before Federation Square emerged, Flinders Street Station was Melbourne’s favourite meeting place, hence the catchphrase ‘meet me under the clocks’.
Situated in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, Federation Square was built in 2002, spanning 45,000 square metres, and adding a modern flare to the city centre. A wide variety of restaurants, bars, cafes and retail spaces fill the area, along with unique cultural experiences such as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.Discover the vibrant world of motion picture in the galleries, cinemas and studios of ACMI. The first centre of its kind celebrating the cultural and creative richness of the moving image in all its forms – film, television and digital culture, through a calendar of award-winning exhibitions, films, festivals, and creative workshops.
Built in 1928 in Gothic-Romanesque style, the elaborate facade of the Forum Theater flaunts Arabic-inspired, Moorish minarets, a jeweled copper dome and striking clock tower. he Forum hosts cabaret, rock concerts and the annual Melbourne Film Festival. Originally designed as a one screen venue, it can now host 3,371 people!The Forum’s exotic exterior continues to amaze as you step inside the doors. Greek and Italian statues line an auditorium with a soaring blue ceiling reminiscent of a starry night sky.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
A piece of old England found in the centre of bustling Melbourne, St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral is built in Revival Gothic style, a combination of Early English and Decorative Gothic styles. Built between 1880 and 1931, unlike other 19th-century buildings in Melbourne, rather than a cold-grey bluestone, the cathedral is a warm yellow-brown sandstone.
Featuring a polychromatic brickwork tile and finely crafted timbered roof on the outside, you will be delighted by an equally beautiful interior of carved cedar woodwork, tessellated floor tiles and stained glass windows leading up to the altar.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
A place of worship, prayer and reflection in today’s busy world, St Patrick’s Cathedral of the Roman Catholics is one of the world’s largest Gothic Revival style churches. Built in stages over the course of 80 years from 1858 and 1940 and rafted from both local bluestone and sandstone, an eery medieval darkness looms all the way up to the richly ornate triple spire.
Old Treasury Building
The Old Treasury was designed by 19-year-old architect in Italian Renaissance style, and erected in 1858 to hold the gold that was pouring into Melbourne from the Ballarat and Bendigo mines. The colony’s leaders worked from offices in the grand palazzo-style building until the 1870s, and the Old Treasury now houses a collection of rare historic documents highlighting milestones in Victoria’s history.
The magnificent Windsor is a Victorian era luxury hotel of grand proportions, hosting royalty, prime ministers and celebrities. The architecture is a merge of English romantic classicism of the early 19th century and anglicised French Second Empire. The most impressive features inside the hotel are in the Grand Ballroom and sprawling spiral staircase.
The Majorca Building is a neo-Romanesque, 8- story building in constructed between 1928-30.
Is it any wonder that Melbourne has stolen my heart with an urban sprawl such as this?