1 post in this thread / 0 new

Creating a mini Melbourne

Peter Maltezos's picture


Creating a mini Melbourne

May 24, 2017

Declan Mulcahy is working on a MiniMelbourne project that turns the CBD’s most iconic landmarks into miniature Nanoblocks.

An avid Lego lover and lifetime Melburnian, Mr Mulcahy started MiniMelbourne late last year after being inspired by the hand-drawn Melbourne Map curated by artists Lewis Brownlie and Deborah Young.

Mr Mulcahy said he thought the CBD deserved to be celebrated for its “interesting buildings and the beautiful layout of the city”.

“I saw that Lego released its Sydney skyline product and got a little jealous that it wasn’t Melbourne,” he said.

“Just because we don’t have a Harbour Bridge or Opera House doesn’t mean Melbourne is not worth celebrating.”

The first stage of the MiniMelbourne project includes miniaturised landmarks like Flinders Street Station, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Arts Centre and the Eureka Tower.

The project currently expands from Southbank to Collins St and is bordered on either side by Queen and Exhibition streets.

Mr Mulcahy has set the goal of miniaturising the entire Hoddle Grid and expanding it to Carlton and Docklands.

A single Nanoblock is as small as several millimetres and Mr Mulcahy has to measure the size of the actual building to make the Nanoblocks up to scale with the landmarks.


Back to top

Development & Planning

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 00:00
Hot on the heels of news that Holiday Inn will anchor Werribee's tallest proposed development, the application for 22-26 Synnot Street has gone to advertising. At over 42 metres in height and spread across a 2,567 square metre site the project is Werribee's largest, and accounts for the last of a trio of catalyst sites earmarked by Wyndham City Council as perfect for urban renewal.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

Transport & Design

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 07:00
Late last year Urban Melbourne was invited for a tour of the new offices of CAPI in Windsor and a chat with its founder Pitzy Folk. The 1930’s building now known as '151 Albert' had previously housed Telstra and has been refurbished by renowned interior designer and family friend of the Folk family, Tamsin Johnson into 1,400 sqm of office and break out space across two floors and a basement.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 00:00
Likened in some quarters as a miniature Federation Square, construction works began last week on a Prahran project that will rank as one of 2018's most progressive and important. Kane Constructions has the job of transforming 30-40 Izett Street under a $60+ million urban renewal initiative prompted by Stonnington City Council.