Melbourne & Australian Architecture Topics

A place to talk about Australian Architecture, Heritage & Planning Issues
It is currently 25 Nov 2014, 11:24




All times are UTC + 10 hours


Forum rules


Please click here to view the forum rules



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: 21 May 2006, 16:53 
Offline
Jedi Master
Jedi Master
User avatar

Joined: 01 Mar 2004, 08:07
Posts: 3444
Location: Marvellous Melbourne
Text from Melbourne Architecture

Storey Hall, former Hibernian Hall
344-346 Swanston Street
1887 Tappin Gilbert & Dennehy;
1992-95 Ashton Raggatt McDougall (ARM) with Allom Lovell Associates; 1997 Grany Amon with ARM

Storey Hall is a tour-de-force of cerebral architecture and formal virtuosity. Restoration and refurbishment of Hibernian Hall and replacement of its ghastly 1960s interior was complemented by an entirely new structure to the hall’s south. Containing now a 750-seat auditorium, conference centre, lecture theatre, seminar rooms, art gallery and café, Storey Hall is a remarkable architectural advertisement for RMIT University. Green is the dominant colour and refers to the Hibernian Irish Catholic community who built the 1887 hall, and also, when combined with purple and white, the colours of the Women’s Political Association (associated with the hall from 1916). There are other references, too -architectural, mathematical and social, religious. The building is devotional-fragments of much-loved Melbourne monuments such as the Griffins’ Capitol Theatre ceiling and Ron Robertson-Swann’s canary yellow Vault appear in the upper level foyer and the auditorium. Mathematician Roger Penrose’s deliberations on the pentagon are given expressionistic range in the auditorium ceiling and also recalled is Buckminster Fuller’s folded map of the world in triangles. The annexe foyer is like walking around the outside of the inside skin of a cathedral dome before reaching a foyer with a purple padded balustrade. Outside sculpted metal panels embossed with lacy suspender belts and the words ‘Resurrection City’ hint at the finally most profound layer of embodied meaning.

Two photographs by me of Hibernian Hall and Storey Hall also fondly known as the Green Building below.

Image

Image

Below, a photograph by another of the auditorium.

Image

_________________
The Collector's Marvellous Melbourne :)

http://www.thecollectormm.com.au/


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: 22 May 2006, 18:09 
Offline
Site Admin
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: 12 Sep 2002, 23:36
Posts: 4007
Love the green building, a personal fave. :D
Wish there were more like it.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: 14 Jun 2006, 11:21 
Offline
Member
Member

Joined: 31 May 2006, 22:37
Posts: 10
Location: MelbVicAus
One of Melb's finest peices of contemporary architecture and art for that matter. Would have to be in everybody's top 5 or at least top 10 Melb Bldg's.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: 14 Jun 2006, 21:55 
Offline
Jedi Master
Jedi Master
User avatar

Joined: 01 May 2004, 12:18
Posts: 827
Location: Melbourne, Vic.
I love the Storey Hall. This is just a great building IMHO. And despite my love for it, I have never been inside it... is it usually open during the day? I would love to take a picture or two inside.

I would also like to take a night shot like this, but the lighting is not quite the same these days I don't think.... (this was taken in 1995)

Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: 14 Jun 2006, 23:49 
Offline
Member
Member

Joined: 31 May 2006, 22:37
Posts: 10
Location: MelbVicAus
That is a good shot of it.
It is open most days I am pretty sure.

I am also curious of what happended in 1997?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: 02 Dec 2008, 14:33 
Offline
Jedi Master
Jedi Master
User avatar

Joined: 01 Mar 2004, 08:07
Posts: 3444
Location: Marvellous Melbourne
Building 22 with its amazing green awning designed to complement the neighbouring Storey Hall.

Image

_________________
The Collector's Marvellous Melbourne :)

http://www.thecollectormm.com.au/


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC + 10 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group
Melbourne Buildings