Old Melbourne Gaol
The Old Melbourne Gaol is a museum on Russell Street, in Melbourne, Australia. It consists of a building and courtyard, and is located next to the old City Police Watch House. In total,133 people were executed by hanging, though it was used briefly during World War II, it formally ceased operating as a prison in 1924, with parts of the gaol being incorporated into the RMIT University, and the rest becoming a museum. The three-storey museum displays information and memorabilia of the prisoners and staff, paranormal enthusiasts claim the museum is haunted, with claims of ghostly apparitions and unexplained voices near cells. An allotment of scrubland to the north-east of Melbourne was selected as Port Phillips first permanent gaol, on 1 January 1838, George Wintle was appointed to be gaoler at the prison at £100 a year, with the site becoming colloquially known as Wintles Hotel. Construction of the started in 1839–1840 on Collins Street West. A second gaol was built between 1841 and 1844 at the corner of Russell and La Trobe Streets, adjoining the Supreme Court.
The first cell block was opened for prisoners in 1845, but the facilities were considered inadequate, the gaol was already crowded by 1850. With the discovery of gold in 1851, and the influx of population, law. Subsequently, a new wing, with its own perimeter wall, was constructed between 1852 and 1854, the building using bluestone instead of sandstone, the design was based on that of British prison engineer Joshua Jebb, and especially the designs for the Pentonville Model Prison in London. The new wing was extended in between 1857 and 1859, with the wall being extended during this time. In 1860, a new wing was built, which included entrance buildings. Between 1862 and 1864, a block was built for female prisoners on the western side – it was basically a replica of the present east block. In 1864, the wall, and the gaol overall, was completed. At its completion, the prison occupied a city block, and included exercise yards, a hospital in one of the yards, a chapel. A house for the warders was built on the corner of Franklin and Russell streets.
Artefacts recovered from the area indicate that even the gaolers and their families lived within the walls in the 1850s and 1860s. Much of daily life inside the gaol could be gleaned from such as diaries written by John Castieau
The Fitzroy Gardens are 26 hectares located on the southeastern edge of the Melbourne Central Business District in East Melbourne, Australia. The gardens are bounded by Clarendon Street, Albert Street, Lansdowne Street, the gardens are one of the major Victorian era landscaped gardens in Australia and add to Melbournes claim to being the garden city of Australia. Set within the gardens are, An ornamental lake A scarred tree A visitor information centre, Tree lined avenues Model Tudor village Fountains and sculptures Band pavilion Rotunda The Fairies Tree The most notable feature of the Gardens is the wonderful trees that line many of the pathways. The land was swampy with a creek draining into the Yarra River. The gardens were designed by Clement Hodgkinson and planted by park gardener, James Sinclair. The creek was landscaped with ferns and 130 willows, but that did not stop it smelling foul from the sewage from the houses of East Melbourne, the creek was used for irrigation of the western side of the gardens for fifty years.
In the early 1900s the creek water substantially improved when sewerage mains were installed to the residences of East Melbourne, in the early years quick growing blue gums and wattles were planted to provide wind breaks. Elm trees were planted to create avenues along pathways, which created a pattern in resemblance to the Union Flag, Clement Hodgkinson described the landscaping design. Sub Tropical planting became a feature of the Gardens with the creation of new planting in areas like the Mound, further major changes occurred in the 1930s and 40s with the establishment of the Conservatory and the arrival of Cooks Cottage in the Gardens. The listing on the Victorian Heritage Register states in part, The Fitzroy Gardens are of historical, architectural and social significance to the State of Victoria. The Fitzroy Gardens have been viewed as the flagship of this group of city gardens, which includes the Flagstaff, Treasury and Alexandra Gardens, a scarred tree in the gardens has been preserved.
It is important to the Wurundjeri people as traditional custodians of the land and is part of the heritage of all Australians, all Aboriginal cultural sites are protected by law. The gardens are home to brushtail and ringtail possums, rainbow lorikeets and they are visited at night by grey-headed flying foxes and powerful owls. The presence of Australian wildlife make the city gardens especially enjoyable for overseas visitors,1848 the Fitzroy Gardens were permanently reserved as public gardens, with title shared by the State Government and City of Melbourne. The gardens were known as Fitzroy Square until 1862, named after Sir Charles Augustus FitzRoy,1857 James Sinclair appointed head gardener, and worked in the gardens until his death in 1881. 1860 responsibility for Fitzroy Gardens taken over by the Lands Department, Clement Hodgkinson, the head of the Lands Department, takes a detailed interest in the planning and development of the city parks, including Fitroy Gardens. Artist Ola Cohn completes carving the Fairies Tree and donates it to the children of Melbourne
University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne is a public research university located in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1853, it is Australias second oldest university and the oldest in Victoria, Times Higher Education ranks Melbourne as 33rd in the world, while the Academic Ranking of World Universities places Melbourne 40th in the world. Melbournes main campus is located in Parkville, a suburb north of the Melbourne central business district. Melbourne is a university and a member of the Group of Eight, Universitas 21. Since 1872 various residential colleges have become affiliated with the university, there are 12 colleges located on the main campus and in nearby suburbs offering academic and cultural programs alongside accommodation for Melbourne students and faculty. Amongst Melbournes 15 graduate schools the Melbourne Business School, the Melbourne Law School, four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from Melbourne. Nine Nobel laureates have been students or faculty, the most of any Australian university, the university was established by Act of Incorporation on 22 January 1853, with power to confer degrees in arts, medicine and music.
The act provided for an endowment of £9,000. The original buildings were opened by the Lieutenant Governor of the Colony of Victoria, Sir Charles Hotham. The first chancellor, Redmond Barry, held the position until his death in 1880, the inauguration of the university was made possible by the wealth resulting from Victorias gold rush. The institution was designed to be an influence at a time of rapid settlement. In 1881, the admission of women was a seen as victory over the conservative ruling council. The universitys 150th anniversary was celebrated in 2003, as of May 2009 the university suspended the Bachelor of Music Theatre and Puppetry courses at the college and there were fears they may not return under the new curriculum. New dean Sharman Pretty outlined drastic changes under the plan for the college in early April 2009. As a result, it is now being called into question whether the university have upheld that agreement, staff at the college responded to the changes, claiming the university did not value vocational arts training, and voicing fears over the future of quality training at the VCA.
Melbourne University has 12 residential colleges in total, seven of which are located in an arc around the oval at the northern edge of the campus. The other five are located outside of university grounds, the residential colleges aim to provide accommodation and holistic education experience to university students. Several of the earliest campus buildings, such as the Old Quadrangle and Baldwin Spencer buildings, the new Wilson Hall replaced the original building which was destroyed by fire
Crown Melbourne is a casino and resort located on the south bank of the Yarra River, in Melbourne, Australia. Crown Casino is a unit of Crown Limited, and the first casino of the now–international Crown brand, initially having opened in 1994 on the north bank of the Yarra, Crown Melbourne relocated and re–opened on the south bank of the Yarra, in 1997. It remains one of the features of the Southbank precinct of the Melbourne central business district. The entire complex has a space of 510,000 m² —the equivalent to 2 city blocks— making it the largest casino complex in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the largest in the world. The complex hosts four hotels, Crown Towers, Crown Promenade, Crowns casino complex opened in 1997, after moving from a temporary location that opened in 1994 on the north bank of the Yarra. It is one of the features of the Southbank area in the central business district. Children under 18 are permitted into the entertainment and shopping section of complex, the entire complex has a space of 510,000 m², making it the largest casino complex in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the largest in the world.
Crown Casino opened in 1994 at the World Trade Centre on the bank of the Yarra River. This location was a temporary, and training, setup while construction of the complex occurred. The Casino complex opened in its planned location at Southbank in 1997. Actress Rachel Griffiths infamously ran through the casino topless on its opening night and it is open 24 hours a day,7 days a week except on Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day when it is closed from 4 am to midday. It was founded and run by Lloyd Williams until the Packer takeover by PBL in 1999, Crown Casino is the largest casino in the southern hemisphere and has a licence for 500 table games and 2,500 poker machines. There is Bigwheel, the electronic Vegas Star Roulette and Rapid Baccarat, all lower denomination Blackjack tables only offer a proprietary variant of the game called BlackJack Plus, which has been described as the worst game of Blackjack in Australia. This variation enormously increases the house advantage from around 0.
5% in the higher denomination tables, to around 5%, as well as Three card poker on the main gaming floor, Crown has offers varieties of poker including Texas Holdem. The Crown Poker Room encompasses a large space in the Crown basement. The Crown is one of the centres for competitive poker in the Asia-Pacific region. It annually hosts the Aussie Millions, currently the Southern Hemispheres richest poker event, starting in 2013, it became home to the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific, the latest expansion of the World Series of Poker. Crown Casino has 3,500 poker machines on the floor, with values ranging from one cent to one dollar
City Circle tram
The City Circle is a zero-fare tram running around the Melbourne City Centre in Australia. Aimed mainly at tourists, the route passes many Melbourne attractions while running along the city centres outermost thoroughfares and it operates in both clockwise and anti-clockwise direction. The tram route was introduced on 29 April 1994, requiring a small track extension along Spring Street, the Federal Governments Building Better Cities program funded the $6.4 million capital cost of the track expansion, while the State Government funded the running costs. Until January 2003 the western leg of the route of the tram was down Spencer Street. The travel time around the circle before this change was 40 minutes, during early 2006, new Passenger Information Displays were installed along with Digital Voice Announcements. In April 2008, the service adopted the daylight saving timetable on a permanent basis, the end of service at other times is 18,00. On 30 May 2009, the route was altered for a time, being extended from Harbour Esplanade to the NewQuay.
This made the route an elongated q, the route of the City Circle trams roughly follows the outer edges of the Hoddle Grid, with three diversions. It takes in all of La Trobe Street, Harbour Esplanade and it follows Spring Street between Flinders and Bourke Streets, but travels along Nicholson Street and Victoria Street before turning into La Trobe Street. At the junction of Harbour Esplanade and Latrobe Street trams turn off the loop to run to and from a terminus towards the end of Docklands Drive, trams display the route number 35. The City Circle operates at a headway of 12 minutes in both directions, with the service taking approximately 60 minutes to complete a loop, ten trams are allocated to the service at any one time. An average of three million passengers uses the service year, with each tram circling the city 9 times a day. Media related to City Circle Tram at Wikimedia Commons Route 35 map Route 35 timetable
Melbourne Cricket Ground
The Melbourne Cricket Ground, known simply as The G, is an Australian sports stadium located in Yarra Park, Victoria. The MCG is within walking distance of the city centre and is served by the Richmond railway station, and it is part of the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct. Since it was built in 1853, the MCG has been in a state of almost constant renewal and it served as the centrepiece stadium of the 1956 Summer Olympics, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and two Cricket World Cups,1992 and 2015. The annual Boxing Day Test is one of the MCGs most popular events, the stadium fills to capacity for the AFL Grand Final. Concerts and other events are held at the venue. The MCG is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and was included on the Australian National Heritage List in 2005, journalist Greg Baum called it a shrine, a citadel, a landmark, a totem that symbolises Melbourne to the world. Founded in November 1838 the Melbourne Cricket Club selected the current MCG site in 1853 after previously playing at several grounds around Melbourne, the club’s first game was against a military team at the Old Mint site, at the corner of William and Latrobe Streets.
The area was subject to flooding, forcing the club to move again and it was not long before the club was forced out again, this time because of the expansion of the railway. The South Melbourne ground was in the path of Victoria’s first steam railway line from Melbourne to Sandridge and this last option, which is now Yarra Park, had been used by Aborigines until 1835. Between 1835 and 1853 it was an agistment area for colonial troopers’ horses, in 1850 it was part of a 200-acre stretch set aside for public recreation extending from Governor La Trobe’s Jolimont Estate to the Yarra River. By 1853 it had become a busy promenade for Melbourne residents, an MCC sub-committee chose the Richmond Park option because it was level enough for cricket but sloped enough to prevent inundation. That ground was located where the Richmond, or outer, end of the current MCG is now, at the same time the Richmond Cricket Club was given occupancy rights to six acres for another cricket ground on the eastern side of the Government Paddock.
At the time of the grant the Government stipulated that the ground was to be used for cricket and cricket only. This condition remained until 1933 when the State Government allowed the MCG’s uses to be broadened to other purposes when not being used for cricket. In 1863 a corridor of land running diagonally across Yarra Park was granted to the Hobson’s Bay Railway, the area closest to the river was developed for sporting purposes in years including Olympic venues in 1956. The first grandstand at the MCG was the original wooden stand built in 1854. It was during this tour that the MCG hosted the worlds first Test match, in 1881 the original members stand was sold to the Richmond Cricket Club for £55. A new brick stand, considered at the time to be the world’s finest cricket facility, was built in its place, the foundation stone was laid by Prince George of Wales and Prince Albert Victor on 4 July and the stand opened in December that year
Eureka Tower is a 297. 3-metre skyscraper located in the Southbank precinct of Melbourne, Australia. Construction began in August 2002 and the completed on 1 June 2006. The plaza was finished in June 2006 and the building was opened on 11 October 2006. The project was designed by Melbourne architectural firm Fender Katsalidis Architects and was built by Grocon, the developer of the tower was Eureka Tower Pty Ltd, a joint venture consisting of Daniel Grollo, investor Tab Fried and one of the Towers architects Nonda Katsalidis. It was the worlds tallest residential tower when measured to its highest floor, until surpassed by Ocean Heights and it is the second tallest building in Australia, behind Q1, and is the tallest to roof. As of 2016 it is the 15th tallest residential building in the world, Eureka Tower is named after the Eureka Stockade, a rebellion during the Victorian gold rush in 1854. This has been incorporated into the design, with the gold crown representing the gold rush. The blue glass cladding that covers most of the building represents the background of the stockades flag.
The white horizontal stripes represent markings on a surveyors measuring staff, at the base of the tower is an art installation containing bees inside a white box, resembling a manmade beehive. There are two regular sized bees outside the box, and one queen bee on the top, the gold color of the bees complements the gold at the top of the tower. The installation was created by Richard Stringer and Nonda Katsalidis, and was complete in December 2007, when measured either by the height of its roof, or by the height of its highest habitable floor, Eureka Tower was the tallest residential building in the world when completed. It is currently the building with the most floors available for occupancy in the world. The building stands 297 metres in height, with 91 storeys above ground plus one basement level and it is one of only seven buildings in the world with 90 or more storeys and is the equal 77th tallest building in the world. It is the second-tallest building in Australia and the tallest building in Melbourne, the single level basement and first 9 floors contain car parking.
The buildings proximity to the table as well as the Yarra River made the construction of a basement car park uneconomical. In all, there are 84 floors of apartments, with the remainder being used for building facilities, according to the ranking system developed by the U. S. For comparison, the Q1 apartment tower on the Gold Coast has its highest habitable floor, reaching a height of 235 m, q1s highest penthouse apartment is 217 m whilst Eurekas penthouse is 278 m high. The highest floors of the house an observation deck, communications room and balcony
Docklands is an inner-western suburb of Melbourne, Australia,2 km from Melbournes Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Melbourne, at the 2011 Census, Docklands had a population of 5,791. Docklands occupies an adjacent to the Melbourne central business district, consisting of land. Contemporary Docklands is the product of an urban renewal project to extend the area of the Melbourne CBD by over a third when completed around 2015. It is now home to several of Melbournes modern landmarks, including Etihad Stadium, from the 1880s, the former swamp west of Melbourne became heavily used as a dock, with an extensive network of wharfs, heavy rail infrastructure and light industry. Docklands Stadium was built in 1996 as a centrepiece to kick-start developer interest in Docklands as a renewal area. Urban renewal began in earnest 2000, with several independent privately developed areas overseen by VicUrban, VicUrban promotes its vision of Docklands as being a major tourist attraction and projected over 20 million visitors a year and a future residential population of over 20,000. A handful of significant buildings were retained, generally due to their association with the areas industrial, most of these heritage buildings are intended for adaptive reuse and integrated with new facilities.
Docklands is the home to a number of water sports, before the foundation of Melbourne, Docklands was a wetlands area consisting of a large salt lake and a giant swamp at the mouth of the Moonee Ponds Creek. It was one of the hunting grounds of the Wurundjeri people. At Melbournes foundation, John Batman set up his home on Batmans Hill at Docklands, the rest of the area remained largely unused for decades. The advent of rail infrastructure in the late 1860s saw the Citys industry gradually expand into the area, the plan proposed several gridlike blocks with an ornamental public garden and lake in the shape of the United Kingdom, occupying the site of the salt lake. However, expansion of the westward was abandoned in favour of a northward extension. The dock was lined with wharves and light industry grew around the western rail yards of Spencer Street railway station. During the wars, Victoria Dock was used as the port for naval vessels. By the 1920s, with shipping moved from the Yarra turning basin at Queensbridge, Victoria Dock, Docklands was seen as a large urban blight by the Cain State Government.
Property consultants JLW Advisory carried out the first market demand assessment of the site, the size of the Melbourne Docklands area meant that political influences were inescapable. Nevertheless, the Docklands project stayed on the board
Melbourne Park is a sports venue in the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct in Melbourne, Australia. Since 1988, Australians bicentenary, Melbourne Park has been home of the Australian Open in tennis, which is played annually in January. The venue was the home of the Melbourne Tigers basketball team and it is owned by Melbourne & Olympic Parks, which runs the adjacent Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. The Yarra Park section of the Sports and Entertainment Precinct is run separately, Melbourne Park was built in 1988 beside the Jolimont Yard as a new venue to host the Australian Open, as Kooyong, the previous venue, had become too small. It was originally known as Flinders Park until 1996, when then-Premier, Jeff Kennett decided to rename it Melbourne Park, the decision was met with strong opposition, and was compared by some to renaming Stade Roland Garros Paris Park. However, over the years, it has become accepted by the Melbourne community, while it is best known for being a tennis venue, Melbourne Park plays host to a number of other sports and musical events throughout the year.
The Two Tribes dance festival was held there annually, Rod Laver Arena was the venue for The Eagles Emmy Award-winning 2005 Farewell 1 Tour, Live from Melbourne double-DVD recording. Pearl Jams concert of 17 March 1995 at the Flinders Park Tennis Centre was broadcast live on Australian radio, formerly known as Centre Court, Rod Laver Arena has a capacity of nearly 15,000, and has a retractable roof. The second largest court is Hisense Arena, which was opened in 2000 and it has a capacity of 10,500, and has a retractable roof. There are three courts, with the former Show Court 1 now named the Margaret Court Arena. Margaret Court Arena has recently had a roof added and its capacity expanded to 7,500. This now leaves Melbourne Park with three courts available for wet and extreme weather play during the Australian Open, Melbourne Park is adjacent to the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Yarra Park, and there are several pedestrian bridges linking the two across the separating railway lines. The park is five minutes walk from Richmond and Jolimont railway stations, in June 2015, it was announced that the Rod Laver Arena would undergo a redevopment of its exterior facade and interior customer features, such as bars and other facilities.
Overall, more than million is being spent on the multi-year redevelopment of the Melbourne Park precinct. Construction will begin in February 2016 though completion of all works at the precinct is not expected to finish until 2020, Melbourne & Olympic Parks official website Australian Open official website Melbourne Park at Austadiums
Queen Victoria Market
The Queen Victoria Market is a major landmark in Melbourne, and at around seven hectares is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. The Market is significant to Melbournes culture and heritage and has listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. The Market is not named after Queen Victoria, but instead gets its name from its location on the corner of Queen and Victoria Streets, the Queen Victoria Market is the only surviving 19th century market in the Melbourne central business district. There were once three major markets in the Melbourne CBD, but two of them, the Eastern Market and Western Market, both opened before the Queen Victoria, closed in the 1960s. It forms part of an important collection of surviving Victorian markets which includes the inner suburban Prahran Market, since its conception in 1878, Queen Victoria Market has had a colourful and varied history. The site has been a cemetery, a market and a wholesale fruit. Each of these operations has its own vibrant history, the Western Market was Melbourne’s first official fruit and vegetable market, established a mere 6 years after settlement began.
The further development and expansion of Melbourne to the east led to the establishment of the Eastern Market, much more popular than the Western Market, the Eastern Market was heavily frequented by the general public. Its growth over time and public popularity led to the decline of the Western Market, the land on which the Market now exists was once part of the Old Melbourne Cemetery. Between 1837 and 1854, a portion of the land. When the Market was expanded upon the site of the cemetery in 1917,914 bodies were exhumed and re-buried in other cemeteries around Melbourne. Around 9,000 bodies still remain buried below the car park of the Market, the Lower Market was originally set aside in 1857 for a fruit and vegetable market due to over-crowding and congestion at the Eastern Market. However the location was contested due to its proximity to the Old Melbourne Cemetery and it was unpopular with market gardeners who refused to use the space. This resulted in the space becoming a livestock and hay market until 1867 when a brick building was erected on the corner of Elizabeth.
Despite spending a time as a Wholesale Meat Market, this building eventually became a retail Meat and Fish Market. In the year of its founding, the Market expanded into wholesale and retail fruit. H & I Sheds still stand in their original positions however G Shed was removed to construct the loading bay for the Meat Hall and J Shed burnt down only to be replaced with a public plaza. The Elizabeth Street shops were constructed in 1880 following the realignment of Elizabeth Street which allowed the well-known Meat & Fish Hall façade to be constructed in 1884, the Upper Market - unlike the Lower Market - was not originally reserved as a marketplace
National Gallery of Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria, popularly known as the NGV, is an art museum in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1861, it is Australias oldest and most visited art museum, the St Kilda Road building, designed by Sir Roy Grounds, opened in 1968, and was redeveloped by Mario Bellini before reopening in 2003. It houses the international art collection and is on the Victorian Heritage Register. Designed by Lab Architecture Studio, the Ian Potter Centre opened in 2002, further money was set aside in the early 1860s for the establishment of the first National Gallery. On 24 May 1874, the first purpose built gallery, known as the McArthur Gallery, was opened in the McArthur room of the State Library, the undressed box was only ever intended as a temporary home until the much grander vision was to be realised. However such an edifice did not eventuate and the complex was instead developed incrementally over several decades, the National Gallery of Victoria Art School, associated with the gallery, was founded in 1867 and remained the leading centre for academic art training in Australia until about 1910.
The Schools graduates went on to some of Australias most significant artists. In 1887, the Buvelot Gallery was opened, along with the Painting School studios, in 1892, two more galleries were added, Stawell and La Trobe. The gallerys collection was built from both gifts of works of art and monetary donations, the most significant, the Felton Bequest, was established by the will of Alfred Felton and from 1904, has been used to purchase over 15,000 works of art. £3 million was put forward in February 1960 and Roy Grounds was announced as the architect, in 1962, Roy Grounds split from his partners Frederick Romberg and Robin Boyd, retained the commission, and designed the gallery at 180 St Kilda Road. By 1967, the new $14 million complex began to take shape, and the gallery was finally relocated to the new building in the summer of 1967-1968. The new bluestone clad building was opened on Tuesday 20 August 1968 by Victorian premier Henry Bolte. In 1999, redevelopment of the building was proposed, with Mario Bellini chosen as architect, the proposal was to leave the original architectural fabric intact including the exterior facade and Leonard French stained glass ceiling, but to significantly modernise the spaces.
During the redevelopment, many works were moved to a temporary external annex known as NGV on Russell, at the State Library with its entrance on Russell Street. NGV on Russell closed on 30 June 2002 to make way for the opening of the new St Kilda Road gallery. The Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia was designed by Lab Architecture Studio, the NGVs Australian art collection encompasses Indigenous art and artefacts, Australian colonial art, Australian Impressionist art, 20th century and contemporary art. The NGV houses many of the most recognisable Australian paintings, including Frederick McCubbins The Pioneer, phillips Fox, John Glover, Eugene von Guerard, Hans Heysen, George W. A large number of works were donated by Dr. Joseph Brown in 2004 which form the Joseph Brown Collection, in 2011 the NGV celebrated its 150th birthday and acquired an important painting by Correggio
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is the name given to two adjacent buildings next to the Yarra River in South Wharf, an inner-city suburb of Melbourne, Australia. The venues are owned and operated by the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre Trust was created in August 1994 with the responsibility of overseeing the construction and development of the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. In August 1997, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust became owner, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust is responsible for managing and promoting the use of the Royal Exhibition Building in the Carlton Gardens. As a government-owned trust, The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust is responsible to the Minister for Tourism, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre was opened on 14 February 1996 and is known colloquially as Jeffs Shed after the Victorian Premier, Jeff Kennett. In 1998 a covered footbridge was erected between the Exhibition and Convention centres, parallel to the Spencer Street Bridge, the building resembles a long shed with separated operable walls.
This allows the space to be split from a maximum of 30,000 square metres of 360 metres long by 84 metres wide into a minimum of 3,000 square metre spaces. The single volume with a proportion of length to width of approximately 2.5,1 was chosen, other than the exhibition space, the building has a basement that is able to hold 1,000 cars. From the main entrance, visitors would be able to see the 450 metres southward vista of the concourse as well as the mezzanine balconies. On the first floor of the pavilion and extending along the mezzanine platform, there are meeting and function rooms which separates the double-height hall. Some have large windows overlooking the exhibition, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre was to be built larger than the Sydney Exhibition Building while still costing the same. The site for the Exhibition Centre was previously the site for Daryl Jackson’s Museum of Victoria, the brief required DCM to work with the partially built concrete structure. Another relation to the Russian Constructivist is the cantilevered structure supported by yellow steel props as well as the metal letters arranged over the top of the entrance.
The building consists of two different roof designs which are angled at different directions and this was due to the intention to create two different successful spaces which is the exhibition space and the public space. By this method, the architects manage to create two different environments, one which is an exhibition space and another is the concourse which is open to the public. Due to the brief that required the building to be constructed in an amount of time and save cost. On top of that, the trusses have to be solid in order to provide isolation from one hall to the next. At the same time, in order to reduce the span, and to stiffen them laterally, the two rows of columns that are located in the verandah are intended to give a subtle separation of the interior and exterior of the building. The blades which are located along the concourse are coloured in a series of Francis-Bacon-inspired colours and this serves as a double purpose of punctuating the linear volume and labelling the halls