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]

Upper House, 516-520 Swanson St, Carlton VIC 3053
by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
[Image Source: Jackson Clements Burrows Architects]

Melbourne Convention Center, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006, +61 3 9235 8000
by NH Architecture
[Image Source: Zinc FX]

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.

Federation Square, Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, +61 3 9655 1900
by Lab Architects
[Image Source: Melbourne Daily]

Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053, +61 3 8341 7777
by Denton Corker Marshall
[Image Source: Les Butcher]

Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Rd, Victoria 2015, +61 3 9850 1500
by O’Connor and Houle Architecture + Environments
[Image Source: Envy Design]

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 Vertue, 8 Raffa Pl, Carlton VIC 3053, +61 3 8060 6987
[Image Source: Broadsheet]

Bancroft Brewers, 401A Glenhuntly Rd, Elsternwick VIC 3185, +61 3 9523 1198
[Image Source: Broadsheet]

Code Black Coffee, 15 Weston St, Brunswick VIC 3056, +61 3 9381 2330
[Image Source: The Urban List]

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.

Gazi, 2 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000, +61 3 9207 7444
[Image Source: A Food Fable]

Chin Chin, 125 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, +61 3 8663 2020
[Image Source: Sidewalk Hustle]

Cutler and Co., 55 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 4888, +61 3 9419 4888
[Image Source: Australian Good Food & Travel Guide]

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.

Lui Bar, 55, 525 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, +61 3 9691 3888
[Image Source: Lui Bar]

Luxembourg Bar, 157 Fitzroy St, St. Kilda VIC 3182, +61 3 9525 4488
[Image Source: Luxembourg Bistro]

The Croft Institute, Croft Alley, Melbourne VIC 3000, +61 3 9671 4399
[Image Source: Venue Bat]

Melbourne’s well-designed dessert destinations are more than prepared to satisfy the cravings for sweet treats and sweet design.

Mörk, 150 Errol St, North Melbourne VIC 2051, +61 3 9328 1386
[Image Source: de-briefme]

Om Nom, 187 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, +61 3 8080 8827
[Image Source: City of Melbourne]

Monsieur Truffe, 351 Lygon St, Brunswick East VIC, +61 3 9380 4915
[Image Source: Adam Dimech]

Cheers from Peter and Team BUILD