Tuesday, 17 December 2013

CHRISTMAS AT 333 COLLINS ST

333 Collins Street is possibly the most ambitious of all post-modern projects from the 90s office boom. The building is the latest reuse of a bank which dates back to 1891. The CBA building was significantly modified in the 1930s with a modern chicagoesque facade. The 333 Collins Street project maintains the original banking chamber dome of the CBA, via a complex feat of engineering.

On top of this the building adds a mass of granite and glass in a step back form. The tower culminates in a copper dome reminiscent of Flinders Street Station, making an impression on the skyline. The effect of cascading masses gives a picturesque sillhouette to the building. The Collins Street facade was again remodelled to a semblance of the original Victorian classical building, and a podiums which are sympathetic to neighbouring buildings. This gives the post-modern ability to be read as either a collection of buildings or the one.

The new podium has a smaller version of the main dome, and elaborate ornamentation, with granite stonework and large brass lanterns. Internal corridors are also elaborately vaulted, with renaissance classical inspiration.An impressive post-modern skyscraper which spares no expense in recreating the grandeur of Victorian Melbourne, whilst achieving a timelessness all of its own.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme.





7 comments:

  1. Wow! What a stunning set of images. While the Christmas tree is impressive, the interior of the building is just magnificent. Really well done.

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  2. So beautiful, and the Christmas decorations add to the elegance.

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  3. beautiful; the close-ups are stunning

    much love...

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  4. I agree...one beautiful Christmas tree and one magnificent piece of architecture.

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  5. Love this building. It is on in which they seem to have got all the proportions just right Nick.

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