This is Federation square, Melbourne's meeting place and a unique cultural precinct.
Clockwise the buildings on the photo are the Alfred Deakin Building, the Atrium, the Crossbar of the Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria and the Yarra building.
The Alfred Deakin Building is home to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the Victorian State Governments film and screen culture organisation, and the Melbourne operations of SBS, Australia's multi cultural radio and television broadcaster.
The Atrium is a unique covered public space, providing a complement to the open square. Offset into two distinct elements, by the intersection of the "Crossbar", the Atrium is a galleria-like structure. As a continuously open, publicly accessible space, the Atrium effectively and dramatically connects the city, through Federation Square to the Yarra River.
The Crossbar/Ian Potter Centre comprehensively presents the National Gallery of Victoria's collection of Australian Art. A total of 7,250 m2 of gallery space showcases Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art on the ground floor, historic and modern Australian collections on Level 1 and contemporary art and galleries for special exhibitions situated on Level 2.
The main collections are curatorially organised in a regulated, chronological sequence. Nonetheless, the building's design offers the means for visitors to inscribe their own experiences of the collection through shifting gallery view lines and cross connections. This design strategy gives visitors a rich, inviting engagement with the outstanding collection of the NGV.
The Yarra Building (Australian Racing Museum) provides enclosure for the plaza at its southern edge. It links the Square and the deck level facilities to the riverside terrace and the historic vaults along the Yarra River with a variety of levels and adjacent stairways. These links continue the permeability of the site as a whole, providing connection from the river back to the Square and to Flinders Street.
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vedra (0) 2007-03-12 15:16
Nice daily life shot with very vivid and bright colours.
The place looks rather futuristic thanks to the modern architecture and the interesting lights, as opposed to these two school girls dressed in a very traditional way.
cherryripe (21015) 2007-03-12 15:49
Federation Square is a strange place and not easy to photograph. You've succeeded well here showing off the different buildings and all the funny wires against a deep blue sky. You're lucky not to have too many people and to have those 2 school girls.
chinchini (31529) 2007-03-14 2:11
Une très bonne prise de vue d'un endroit à l'architecture ultra-moderne. Les fils électriques sont généralement gênants; ici ils relient les différents éléments de cette place. Intéressante image.
JPlumb (3159) 2007-03-15 4:16
Hi Harko, a great shot of the Federated Square. I was there one day, but it was packed. I took a couple of pictures, but I think I'll hold off on posting mine. This is very good with the capture of all of the buildings together like this. Well composed and great colour. Love that sky.
macondo (18551) 2007-03-18 1:35
Greetings Harko. I hope you enjoyed your trip to Australia. Me, I'm just back from staying in France, Belgium and Spain for a month. I like all your shots of Australia, including the Great Ocean Road, but I just have to comment on this one as I'm a Melbourne resident. With this square, you either love it or hate it, and although I'm one who hates it I admire your shot of it. The almost deserted 'square' looks good here, but it shows one of the problems with this place, it is not inviting or flat or 'square' and is a wind tunnel a lot of the time. So unless there's something on it's often deserted and unwelcoming. Anyway, back to the photo. You certainly managed to include a lot of the surroundings here, and have straight sides to this wide angle shot. You set yourself up in the perfect spot, and captured the light and colours well. The contrast and the reflection of light makes this place hard to photograph as Nikki points out. The position of the people, especially those schoolgirls, makes the shot complete, giving it a human dimension.
- Copyright: Harko Pilot (TravelerNL) (3011)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-10-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Sony Alfa DSLR A100, SONY 3/5-5.6/18-70
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Australia - October 2006
- Date Submitted: 2007-03-12 14:41