City Guide: Melbourne for Design Lovers
Australia is the dream travel place for many design lovers. Today, My Design Week gives you a tour of one of the most multicultural cities in Australia: Melbourne. So, if you are a design lover and you find yourself in Melbourne, don’t forget to swing by this places.
‘Melbournians’ love the outdoor, cultural events, eating out, going to galleries, spending time at the beach and playing any kind of sport. That is why Melbourne was named the most livable city of 2012 in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s global livability report.
One of Melbourne’s most visited places, the Federation Square is home to a large open-air space and several cultural buildings: The Atrium, Edge Theater and Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).
The building on the image is highly controversial (one website called it one of the ugliest in the world). However, became Melbourne’s unofficial city square in 2002, after an international competition was held to create a cultural building that could also house an open amphitheater for up to 15,000 people.
Explores life in Victoria, the Australian state in which Melbourne resides, from the natural environment to the culture and history. There are permanent exhibitions in the Forest Gallery and the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
The Melbourne Museum is a three-story structure, with a glass facade that mirrors the historic 1880’s Royal Exhibition Building nearby. Designed by the architects at Denton Corker Marshall in Melbourne, this award-winning structure is something to behold.
It is the ultimate shopping place in Melbourne with a diverse range of retailers and eateries set in an elegant heritage-listed building.
The GPO was designed in the neo-Renaissance style by A.E. Johnson. The two-level post office building was constructed between 1859 and 1867. In 1887 a third level was added with the famous clock tower, a city landmark. United States architect Walter Burley Griffin redesigned the building in 1919, creating an open space to the public sorting hall.
A luxury boutique hotel with a unique history from U.S.$192 to $267 per night. Originally built for tea merchants in 1900, this Romanesque revival–style building became for a major newspaper in the 1920s and the building was occupied by various printers. In 1973 the building was bought by Dolly Lindrum and became a house for playing billiards and snooker. In 1999 it was transformed into a hotel.
A long established, moderately priced restaurant with a Shanghai-inspired menu in Prahan street. The place is a former warehouse. The interiors have recently been redesigned by Hecker Guthrie Interior Designers. The use of industrial-style furniture and crisp color gives David’s a fresh, modern appeal.
Prahran Street Shops
The Prahran Street is home to many eclectic stores for rugs, lighting and furniture. Melbourne’s interior designers frequent this stretch of shops regularly and many of the major fabric houses are found here. The stores worth checking out are Fenton and Fenton, Safari Living and Nyary.
Source: Best Design Guides