Modern Marvels of Melbourne

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Melbourne’s central business district is renown for its eclectic mix of architectural styles. The cityscape is blanketed with skyscrapers, featuring shimmering façades and rectangular block silhouettes, a trend that dominated the 80s era. These post-modern forms are nestled cohesively together with heritage structures typified by Romanesque and neo-classical designs, linking back to Australia’s federation period.

Since the millennium, a greater movement towards contemporary architecture have eclipsed the city and its surrounds. The following is a small selection of landmarks and commercial buildings that stand out for their edgy, distinct and innovative style.

AAAMI Park

aami-park-by-cox-architecture-00 AAMI Park by Cox Architecture

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NAB Building – Docklands

3_30_1512_n235_nab-arial1 NAB Building – Docklands by Woods Bagot

3_30_1512_n206_screenhd NAB Building – Docklands by Woods Bagot

3_30_1512_n212_screenhd NAB Building – Docklands by Woods Bagot

Federation Square

federation-square-atrium Federation Square by Lab Architecture Studio & Bates Smart

fedsquare9 Federation Square by Lab Architecture Studio & Bates Smart

1482 Federation Square by Lab Architecture Studio & Bates Smart

Swanston Square

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Catherine – The Great Hermitage Collection

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The National Gallery of Victoria is currently showcasing a collection of masterpieces from the Hermitage, epitomizing the artistic vision of Catherine The Great. The collection includes an exclusive curation of Italian, French, Flemish and Dutch art and features specific works from Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck  and Velazquez. As a backdrop, sections of the gallery has been transformed to recreate the interior of the Hermitage Museum, giving the audience an opportunity to experience the richness and grandeur of Roman and Classical architecture embraced by Catherine herself.

Catherine’s thirty-four year reign as Empress of Russia is often considered the Golden Age of the Russian Empire, a period that cultivated a movement towards the ideals of Enlightenment – a drive towards liberty, progress and tolerance. Catherine’s passion and enthusiasm for the arts, literature, education and culture instigated the foundation of her collection of paintings, sculptures, and priceless treasures and artifacts of silver and precious…

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