Architecture

VIC2021: Visiting Toolangi Discovery Centre

Originally constructed in 1994, the Toolangi Discovery Centre was established as an educational facility for the full range of all school groups where they could learn about the local forest and animals through informative and entertaining presentations. It was operated at the time by the Department of Sustainability and the Environment (now the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning). The Centre was closed in 2012 due to it not complying with bushfire building requirements.

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Architecture

Visiting: The Imperial Hotel, Rushworth

In my younger days, I have on the odd occasion fallen asleep in a bar – a few beers and a warm atmosphere can have that effect!

My most recent such experience was much less random when a visit to Rushworth in Regional Victoria included an overnight stay.

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Architecture

Visiting: MONA

Not many people would purposefully visit a museum when it is closed, but I did exactly that during a recent short stay in Hobart.

Of course, the museum is no ordinary museum – it was the Museum of Old and Modern Art – and, actually, I did not have much choice about it being open or not as the only day I could visit was Christmas Day.

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Architecture

Visiting: Macallan Distillery

On a recent trip to back to Scotland, I went on a very short road trip, the primary objective of which was to visit the newly completed Macallan Distillery. Having viewed the video of the new facility under construction, this has been on my list of ‘must sees’ for the last year and it certainly did not disappoint.

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Architecture

Photographing Flinders Street Station

In July 2016 I wrote about the features images I took of Flinders Street Station. These were for a contractor’s submission for the repair and refurbishment of the station. The contractor, Built Pty Ltd, was successful with their submission and has subsequently appointed me on behalf of Major Projects Victoria to take the progress photographs of the project.

Located on the corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets and stretching a block and a half along Flinders Street, the station’s administration building is one of Melbourne’s 20th century icons.

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Architecture

Sssh, don’t tell my wife!

Photographing interiors is never straightforward, with a lot of time spent tidying up the subject before shooting. On a recent assignment to photograph a newly fitted out office interior, I arrived early in the morning before the cleaners to find the corridor floor covered in white marks. On enquiry, I discovered that the air conditioning engineers had been in the day before and had been poking around above the ceiling tiles, hence the mess.

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Architecture

Flinders Street Station – close up

Thousands pass through it every day, but how many notice it’s classic design?

Flinders Street Station is one of the many Melbourne architectural icons that present great backdrops for visitor and tourist photographs. Yet the majority of the photographs of the building are taken from across the street or attempt to capture the whole building from an immediate proximity.

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