Walking Melbourne


Post-Modernism is a style which rejects the banal notions of modernism and its singleness of purpose in favour of a more expressive architecture.

Greatly influenced by theorists such as Robert Venturi, a new respect for urban relationships and settings, scale and environment, combined motifs of the past with the technology of the future.

The style largely emerged in response to modernisms total disregard for history or ornament, things which gave the built environment a human reference. The philosophy behind Post-Modernism was that buildings were meant to be conversational, and not simply functional or minimal.

The style emerged in full-fledged form in the early 1980s, and reached a peak during the 1990s, but is now on the wane with modernism and the less-is-more design virtues regaining respect.

In Melbourne city, the office boom of 1991-92 saw a number of iconic buildings displaying the style in full force to leave a lasting impression on the streetscape. The most spectacular of which is 333 Collins Street.

Major exponents of the style included:

  • Denton Corker Marshall
  • Nonda Katsalidis
  • Robert Peck von Hartel Trethowan, and;
  • Peddle Thorp

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