This installment of The Modern List takes our modernist adventures to the southern hemisphere. Last month, BUILD’s summer intern, Peter Gray, spent some time in Melbourne, Australia, and gave us the run down on some of the head-turning modernism permeating this cosmopolitan city at all scales.
It’s easy to see why Melbourne is the epicenter of design culture on the Australian continent. The built environment is dense, exciting, and expressive, with a sharp focus on sustainable practices.
Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, Masson Road, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010 by NADAAA and John Wardle Architects
[Image Source: Modscape]
Library at The Dock, 107 Victoria Harbor Promenade, Docklands VIC 3008, +61 3 9658 9998
by Clare Design
[Image Source: Clare Design]
RMIT Design Hub, Building 100, Victoria St & Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3000, +61 3 9925 2260
by Sean Godsell Architects
[Image Source: RMIT Design Hub]
MUSEUMS + GALLERIES
The collection of museums in the city is vast and varied. And as we’ve come to expect of these cultural structures, the designs are responsive both to the art and the human experience.
The list of great cafes was a tough one to narrow down. Melbournians match Seattleites in their passion for coffee, and this is a just a taste of the numerous beautiful, unique spaces in which to drink it.
The good news for travelers to Melbourne is the city knows and loves its food. Just walk down Flinders Lane in the Central Business District, and the options are endless. A fair warning to those accustomed to fine dining in casual attire: some places enforce a strict dress code, so call ahead or come prepared.
Beyond the drinks, going out for a cocktail is an entire experience, and one which is done well in Melbourne. These are a few of the establishments which offer a good drink to enjoy in a beautifully designed space.
Melbourne’s well-designed dessert destinations are more than prepared to satisfy the cravings for sweet treats and sweet design.
Cheers from Peter and Team BUILD