With mosaic-tile flooring, a glass canopy and carved stone, the Block Arcade is one of the finest examples of a 19th-century shopping arcade on the planet. Connecting Collins Street to Little Collins and Elizabeth streets, the heritage shopping arcade was built between 1891 and 1893, its design modelled on Milan's grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. The boutiques and cafes taking up residence in the Block have retained the arcade’s richly decorated uniform design, ensuring a seamless shopping experience from the colour-coordinated plant holders and paintwork to the heritage lighting and translucent glass ceiling.
In late winter the floral displays are the beautiful Cymbidium orchids shown here that blend in very well with the heritage atmosphere, but also provide a rich display of living flowers that shoppers can admire in between buying goodies in the end of season sales!
This post is part of the Signs, Signs meme,
and also part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.