My City

We went out into the city to see the Game Masters Exhibition at ACMI and the Flight of the Conchords at Plenary Hall a few weeks ago, and got some shots of the city. I love Melbourne but I really don’t get out into the city enough to fully appreciate it.

Ceiling decoration at ACMI. Looks simple to do but effective

Decoration at ACMI


Rainbows at ACMI

Federation Square pavement. Love the colours and textures

Inside Federation Square

Federation Square ceiling


St Paul’s Cathedral

Bikes for ride Melbourne program


Degraves Street

Umbrellas at Australia on Collins

Colourful umbrellas at Australia on Collins


Underneath the umbrellas


Umbrellas at Australia on Collins

Random arcade. Love the ceiling


The husband sick of me taking photos gets some revenge

Outside the Melbourne Town Hall


Flower bed outside the Melbourne Town Hall

Shot tower at Melbourne Central


Indoor plants at Melbourne Central

Indoor plants at Melbourne Central


Indoor community garden at Melbourne Central

Yarra River Southbank

Spencer Street


Fairy light trees on Southbank


Open House Melbourne 2012

I’ve wanted to do Open House Melbourne for a while, but every year I kept forgetting. This year I remembered and dragged along the husband and a couple of friends. Open House Melbourne  “is a not-for-profit association that runs annual events providing the public a free and rare opportunity to discover a hidden wealth of architectural, engineering and historic buildings nestled around the city.”

It was a great opportunity to explore Melbourne and take photos of course. It was a shame that it was so cold and rainy, but it was still a fun day. I’m looking forward to next year’s event because there are so many places that I didn’t know about that I’d love to see. There are amazing photos on Flickr for the photo competition.

I am now much more inspired to head into the city and appreciate all that Melbourne has to offer. I think that often we take the granted the city we live in.

Here’s my selection for the day. Beware there are a heap of photos.

Dulux dog. I want one!

Federation Square pavement

Federation Square

Lamp outside St Paul’s Cathedral

Inside St Paul’s Cathedral

Organ pipes at St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral

Eagle podium at St Paul’s Cathedral

Candles St Paul’s Cathedral

Hopetoun Tea Rooms. Looks delicious

Block Arcade

Orchids in the Block Arcade

Myer Mural Hall set up for high tea

Old money chutes in Myer

View of construction site of the old Myer

My friend’s awesome shoes. Love the laces

Lyons Office architecture firm. Concept model layout of the office space.

Lyons Office architecture firm. Concept models

Lyons Office. Cool way to keep cords neat and organised. Looks like a spine.

Lyons Office. Sample swatches

More swatches. Love the colours and patterns

Lyons Office

Lobby of the Lyons Office building. Wall texture

Market Lane

Lunch break at Ito Cafe.

Spring Street

Steps of Parliament House

Outside Parliament House. Popular wedding photo shoot location

Bourke Street

The Hotel Windsor

Spring Street

Spider brooches in the Windsor Hotel

More spiders

Lighting in the lobby of the Windsor Hotel

Spring Street

Books inside the Old Treasury Building

Gold bars in the Old Treasury Building

Collins Place

Looking up at some random buildings

Colourful building

Stopping for frozen yoghurt at Cacao Green. Yes it was cold, but it was yum

Blueberry waffles at Cacao Green

Cool bookshelf and wood panelling at Cacao Green

State Library of Victoria reading room

State Library of Victoria reading room

State Library of Victoria reading room

State Library of Victoria reading room

State Library of Victoria reading room ceiling

State Library of Victoria stairs

Swanston Street outside the State Library of Victoria

Swanston Street

Garden bed outside Hamer Hall

Flower sculpture outside Hamer Hall

Project 365 2012 – Day 210

St Paul’s Cathedral

A few friends and I braved the cold and wet and went into the city today for the 2012 Melbourne Open House. I had a great time exploring the city and going on tours of places not normally open to the public. There were so many beautiful places that I’ve never seen even though I’ve lived in Melbourne my whole life.

My favourite shot of the day was at our first stop at St Paul’s Cathedral. Such amazing architecture.

I also loved that there were so many photographers out for the day. It made me feel much less self conscious. I think we’ll have to make it an annual outing.

Project 365 2012 – Day 205

Sunny Day

I took a walk up to the shops at lunch on a beautiful sunny winter’s day. I happened to walk past a church on the corner, which I had never really paid attention to before. I’m not religious, but I just love the architecture of old churches. Being winter, the lack of leaves on the trees also mean that I can appreciate the sky.