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Melbourne's never built

The still incomplete Parliament House dome designed in 1877-79 by Peter Kerr.

I can’t see why, apart from the cost, that one of the state political parties has not dedicated itself to completing Parliament house, when it’s obviously a vote winner. wink

 

 

 

High expectations for Spencer Street Station in 1882 as shown in this proposal below.

 

 

A rendering of the roof over the Flinders Street Station platforms that was never completed, as seen from Swanston Street.

 

 

The 1859 Joseph Read design for the State Library with a dome on top of the Russell Street entrance, that was to house the art gallery and museum.

 

 

The Library's original plans showing the Russell Street dome.

 

William Butterfield’s 1878 original more primitive gothic design for the St Paul towers that were never built.

 

Below for comparison, the spires we did get designed by James Barr and built between 1926 and 1931.

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A 1925 Walter Burley Griffin designed building proposal over Jolimont Railway yards between Exhibition Street and Swanston street. The rendering shows us how it would look reflected in the Yarra River.

 

Another incredible proposal from 1925 for the Jolimont Railyards.

 

And yet another proposal for the Federation Square site that included demolition of Flinders Street Station.

 

The rejected DCM Federation Square proposal, perhaps it was DCM's idea of a southern gateway into the city, similar to the other Melbourne Gateway they designed in the second image below (think of a big boomgate).

 

Flinders Street Station proposal over platforms called Festival Markets designed by Daryl Jackson.

 

The Bates Smart proposal for a supertall in The Docklands.

 

The Harry Seidler designed Grollo Tower proposal.

 

....And in my opinion, two renderings of the better DCM designed Grollo Tower proposal.

 

The original Roy Grounds solid copper spire design for the Arts Centre that was never built.

 

The ARM Pacific Central International Campus proposal, north-west corner of Victoria and Swanston Streets (Former CUB site).

 

Another office proposal for the CUB site.

Architect: Perrott Lyon Mathieson.

 

Model of the New South Yarra project, later known as The Como Project, South Yarra.

Architects: Godfrey and Spowers.

A Mixed use development that included a canal connecting to the Yarra River. Only stage one, the southern quarter fronting Toorak Road was completed. Most of the remaining land was purchased by Mirvac and developed using a different design without the canal.

 

The Daryl Jackson designed Melbourne Museum proposal by the Yarra.

The beginnings of this building were incorporated into The Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

 

An early proposal to enlarge the Melbourne Exhibition Centre that never saw the light of day.

 

The early Yarra’s Edge concept, then known as Yarra Waters.

 

The early Southgate proposal that included retaining some of the old factories.

 

This BSM designed Southbank office proposal was supposed to be built on the Eureka site.

I’m glad this didn’t go ahead on this Southbank site.

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Keith Arcade, 299-303 Bourke Street.

A Walter Burley Griffin designed proposal for a ten-storey office building with retail arcade at ground floor.

Originally housing Cole’s Book Arcade. The site was purchased by Coles and demolished to make way for a moderne Coles Department Store designed by Harry Norris.

It now houses David Jones Men’s Store and Food Hall.

 

In 1962 the MMTB proposed a scheme for trams in the city area to be placed underground.

The image below shows tunnels beneath Swanston and Bourke Street.

The plan was abandoned because of the prohibitive cost.

 

The Perrott Lyon Mathieson RMIT tube proposal, that would have housed basketball courts, a gym and health centre, sports medicine clinics and cafes.

 

An office proposal for what appears to be the southeast corner of La Trobe  and Exhibition Streets.

Designed by Perrot Lyon Mathieson.

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Early 1970s design for CRA Head office Competition - Melbourne (101 Collins Street site).

 

From the architects website:

http://www.hotkey.net.au/~alpaca/architect.htm#architect

 

The owner of the land at the time (the early 1970s), Conzinc Riotinto Australia, was testing the idea of providing a head office complex for its Australian operations and subsidiaries. It was considering to consolidate the existing land holding by acquisitions of adjacent land between Collins Street, Flinders Lane, and Exhibition Street in Melbourne.

An architectural competition was initiated for the design of this complex, and a number of architects were invited to participate.

I was working for Peddle Thorp and dePreu in the design team.

We submitted a number of designs, including my somewhat radical idea of leaving the majority of the ground floor open to Collins Street as a large Plaza, containing only the lobbies to the two towers, and access to the lower level retail areas.

The lowest part of the building was facing Collins Street, while the towers where back.

This way the impact of this enormous building on the streetscape was very much minimised.

The project was never built due to the restructure of the company.

The building envelope provided some areas with large floor space per floor and others with smaller spaces, but all of them with good natural light.

The urban design aspect could have provided spacial relief from the existing rigid street shape.

So it was planned for the current site of 101 Collins, although it would have resulted in a big loss of heritage buildings on the Collins Street streetscape. (although they probably could have been easily incorporated into the scheme if required.).

There was a later triple tower proposal for the whole block bounded by Exhibition, Collins, Russell and Flinders Lane by Harry Seidler whcih would have resulted in the loss of ALL of the heritage buildings on Collins bbetween Exhibition and Russell.

 

This would have to be one of the most amazing buildings ever conceived!!

What a pity this one never got off the ground. 

 

One of the earlier DCM designs for 101 Collins Street.

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The rejected  County Court proposal:

Daryl Jackson got the nod and this ARM proposal didn't.

Something like this would have looked good at the Docklands.

I will go further, ARM designs suit the Docklands and it’s a pity that we got little from them there.

 

An early concept for the Shangri-La Hotel rendered below, as part of Village Docklands that was never built.

 

An early design concept for The Docklands by Ashton Raggat McDougall (ARM).

The position of Etihad Stadium seems to have been taken up from this design.

 

A model of the World Trade Centre proposal.

What we got was a more streamlined scaled down version of this.

A damn shame really, as this looks not bad for 1970s modernism.

 

Dubai Towers, SAMA site, The Docklands by Zaha Hadid and ARM.

A real pity we missed out on these Hadid masterpieces!

 

Norman Foster design for four towers,  the tallest one being 313.10 metres to the roof / 78 levels.

 

From Foster:

 

A key location just at the edge of the Central Business District, the site is natural progression of the Hoddle grid. Lying at a junction between the Docklands, the Central Business District and the Southbank, it would play the additional role of linking these three key urban points of the city, which are somewhat disconnected with existing infrastructural elements.

Circulation routes, the location of public spaces, and the resultant development parcels at ground level define the footprint of the towers. The composition of the taller and lower towers in the development is also carefully articulated to respond to the Melbourne city skyline. The spiral arrangement of the towers with the tallest tower in the centre closer to the CBD works well in mediating the scale between CBD and the Docklands area.

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A proposal for an apartment block, 200 Victoria St (The Vic site) by Peck von Hartel.

Pity again that we missed out on another masterpiece, I think the planning authorities thought this was to tall for the site.

One of a few proposals for the Power Station site, this was a real super-tall!

 

Grey Puksand design for 150 Queen St (Tower Melbourne site) called C21.

Think I prefer the current Tower Melbourne design.

 

Rejected proposal for the old Stock Exchange tower.

 

Church Place proposal for the AMP site, south-west corner of Bourke and Elizabeth Streets.

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City Link, the start of the Domain Tunnel as it was originally proposed, it turned out a little different.

 

A proposal for The Avenue site, 683 Chapel Street, South Yarra.

 

The never built St Kilda Triangle design.

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Proposal from 1967, Hotel Elizabeth on the south-east corner of Latrobe and Elizabeth Streets (where Melbourne Central is now). The taller tower was going to be about 60 levels, very tall for that time!

Thankyou Fedsquared wink From: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151338633046422.511692.119817336421&type=1&l=f695e7bd62

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I'll never forgive those selfish NIMBY wankers who shot down the St Kilda Triangle.

What a loss that was!

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CRA head office - incredibe! ahead of its time

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Michael Berquez's picture

I'll forever lament Church Place not happening

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Alastair Taylor's picture

somewhat thankful we actually didnt get a Hadid "starchitecture" piece.

E-gate, Fisherman's Bend and Coode Island (50 years from now) are probably more interesting places to go nuts with that.

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Proposal for south-east corner of Bourke and Spencer Streets.

 

Yuncken Freeman's proposal for Civic Square, Melbourne, 1972.

This would have seen the demolition of the Regent Theatre.

 

Another Yuncken Freeman proposal, Capella Project, 1973, north-west corner of Bourke and Spring Streets.

 

Bates Smart, RMIT proposal, 1969.

 

Rejected proposal for the current Flinders Street Station design competition.

http://kilograph.net/783/tower-competition-melbourne/

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First concept design for 350 William Street.

52 level mixed use tower.

Fender Katsalidis design.

 

   

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Another from the Flinders Street Station Design Competition, this one from The Red and Black Architect.

 

http://theredandblackarchitect.wordpress.com/flinders-street-station-design-competition-entry/

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Artists impression of the Olympic Park, proposed stadium for the Victorian super14 franchise from 2004.

The new rectangular stadium now completed was what we ended up with.

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Rendering of the original design of the Greek Orthodox Community Centre on Lonsdale Street.

 

 

70 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank.

Two early renderings of the proposed 226-metre, 72-storey tower  designed by Nonda Katsalidis.

Nonda has now shelved these designs for the taller Australia 108 proposal.

 

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Completely agree - same with the Foster design.

I think the lack of understanding towards the local vernacular is really disappointing. They're nice forms, sure - but I'm convinced the current scheme is more exciting.

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Original proposal for Prima.

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The MFP - Multi Function Polis

Can't seem to find any renders, but did find this 7.30 report story from 1990. Originally planned for the Gold Coast, Melbourne made a bid to build it in the original Docklands development. I remember there was talk one of the towers could be 1600m high - twice as high as the Burj Kalifa! The Melbourne bid eventually fell through, before a site in Adelaide was chosen. It now hosts a business park/university i think.

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The medical research centre I work for had made a pitch to be part of the MFP in Melbourne.

 

All I remember about the whole thing was that Adelaide was eventually chosen and then the whole proposal collapsed at the beginning of a very long Japanese recession.

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Australia 108, southern hemisphere's tallest building shelved.

Ambitious plans to build the southern hemisphere's tallest skyscraper in Southbank have been abandoned.

 

 

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The Drummond, former proposal for the northeast corner of Elizabeth and Franklin Streets.

This design has now been shelved for a much taller 75 level building proposal.

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One of a few proposals for 447 Collins Street.

It was to be built on the plaza in front of the Suncorp Building.

 

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Mark Baljak's picture

keep them coming Pete, will crank up a never built database in due course

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Former mixed use proposal for 380 Lonsdale Street.

Spowers architects.

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