Tuesday 17 December 2013


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.


  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.

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

  3. beautiful; the close-ups are stunning

    much love...

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

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


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