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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.

Source: www.federationsquare.com.au

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