It’s time for a round of ‘Name that landmark’ Skydeck edition!
Visitors to the Skydeck often ask us ‘what’s that landmark?’ So we thought we’d put together a list of landmarks we get asked about the most.
1841 (Immigration Museum opened in 1998)
The Immigration Museum building didn’t always look like this, in fact in the 1850s critics called it one of the ‘ugliest and most inconvenient of all our public buildings’. This was back when it was known as Old Customs House, where officers controlled immigration and recorded arrivals new to Australia. They were also in charge or administering a White Australia Policy that excluded immigrants on the basis of their race!
Now as the beautifully renovated Immigration Museum, Australia’s immigration history is celebrated.
Once called Kew Asylum, Willsmere is a pretty interesting looking building with its towers and mansard roofs, hiding amongst the bushy green trees. Right now it’s a heritage listed residential apartment building, but until 1988 it ran as the first purpose built psychiatric hospital or ‘asylum’ in the Colony of Victoria. Tom Wills, Victorian cricketer and one of the founders of AFL was once a patient.
Melbourne’s Government House is the official office and residence of the Governor of Victoria. Could you name the current Governor of Victoria? (Testing your Australian political knowledge)
It’s former judge Linda Dessau, Victoria’s first female governor!
The design is very 19th Century and we think it’s a beauty, many of our Skydeck visitors feel the same often seeing the building from above then later visiting it on ground level.
Now to modern Melbourne! Now we skip ahead all the way to 2014.
People often ask us at the Skydeck “what’s that bronze building?” and the answer is Prima Pearl, the second highest residential tower in Melbourne (after Eureka Tower.) After a little bit of research into what the inspiration for the bronze colour was, we found that the team simply chose it to play on surrounding towers while being individual at the same time.
The Prima Pearl has 8500 panels of glass and a rounded design said to reduce wind pressures. We’ve even heard a rumour that there’s a virtual golf driving range for the residents to use. We feel this building represents modern Melbourne, a new Melbourne.
The William Barak apartment building
This building features an 85m image of Indigenous leader William Barak’s face. Barak was an elder of Melbourne’s Wurundjeri tribe, as well as an artist and social justice leader. We love that the face is sculpted in light and shade using the building’s white concrete balconies and was built to face the Shrine of Remembrance, nearly three kilometres away.
Next time you’re at Eureka Skydeck, ask a friendly staff member to point these landmarks out to you!
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