|The view from Haymarket Junction.|
|Near the intersection of Berkeley and Pelham Streets.|
Architect Paul Bennett of Metier3 says:"The University was looking for a landmark to signify their south-western gateway. The opaque enamelled glass has patterns suggesting deciduous trees in winter as well as an abstracted leaf canopy."
The opaque enamelled glass has patterns suggesting deciduous trees in winter as well as an abstracted leaf canopy. Are they actually serious? Can they actually say that with a straight face? I mean, christ-
|Just look at it!|
AN ABSTRACTED LEAF CANOPY?!
No, you blundering nincompoops, the only thing this building's patterns suggest is MOULD. The opaque enamelled glass has PATTERNS SUGGESTING A GIANT FUCKING LOAF OF MOULDY BREAD AS WELL AS AN ABSTRACTED FUNGAL CANOPY.
Seriously, it looks like some bakers in Melbourne decided to bake the world's largest loaf of bread, succeeded ... but then couldn't actually eat it all and just left it to go mouldy. The building may be commendable for its environmentally friendly design, but it's about as aesthetically pleasing as my pantry when it's 40C for a few days and I've forgotten that there are loaves of bread and Turkish rolls and pita bread in there.
At least I'm not the only person who has taken some objection; see this blog from July 2009, half a year before the building was officially opened. Perhaps the only comfort we can take is that this hideous blunder of architecture has been inflicted on the Economics and Commerce faculty, rather than one with real people. Then again, I'm not sure even economists deserve this, and it reflects pretty poorly on the whole damn university. And bloody deciduous trees, really?!
DECIDUOUS TREES DO NOT WORK THAT WAY! GOODNIGHT.
Geographical note: Although this building is part of Melbourne University's Parkville campus, it is the latest step in the university's expansion beyond its traditional southern boundary of Grattan Street, i.e. into Carlton.