Photos of the day are all about Ecosciences Precinct where it houses the scientist and support staff from Queensland Government, CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) and the University of Queensland. I had a chance to visit the building during Brisbane Open House event as it was open to public. The building is located at the outskirt of the business district, at the suburb of Dutton Park. It was the last building that I visited for the day. It was interesting to see a science building as visitors got a chance see interiors of fascinating building and its laboratories. During the visit, I was amazed that government put effort and money to build a building that will make scientists dedicated to solve some of Australia’s biggest environmental challenges. I really admired them for that. The ambiance inside the building was so relaxing and we had a bonus to see the suburb from the rooftop where some of the greenhouses can be found. These photos are part of Brisbane Open House Event Tour last October 2013.
Ecosciences Precint from Park Road Railway Station
At the back of Ecosciences Precinct
At the front of Ecosciences Precinct
Interiors of the building from the foyer
Photo : Interior inside Ecosciences Precinct, interior design
Location : 41 Boggo Rd, Dutton Park QLD 4102, Australia
Directions / Transportation :
1. Take any of the 3 translink train (Airport/Gold Coast Line, Shorncliffe/Cleveland Line and Ferny Grove/Beenleigh Line) which all stops at Park Road Station and get off at Park Road Station. Exit at Boggo Road
2. Follow the walk way towards Ecosciences Precinct building
Official Website : Ecosciences Precinct
Photos of the day are all about interior design of Brisbane Arcade. The building was built to reflect the archetype of the traditional European shopping arcades of the late 18th century and it is said that the Brisbane Arcade is the only remaining example of it. It showcase the Edwardian Baroque style street facades, original terrazzo stairs, dado panelling and lead lighting and balustrading. At the time of the visit, Brisbane Arcade celebrates 90th anniversary. These photos are part of Brisbane Open House Event Tour last October 2013.
Central Walkway from Queen Street towards Adelaide Street with terrazzo flooring and leading to gallery stores on each side
Central Walkway from the upper level showing the terrazo flooring
Roof structure with lightweight exposed steel trusses and clerestory windows on both sides to admit light naturally
Lead Light windows in each gallery store on both levels and ballustrades at the upper level
Central Walkway towards Adelaide Street displaying the ‘Mirage’ 1978, Stainless Steel and Bronsze by Gidon Graetz.
With Ballustre at the upper level
With Chandelier Hanging Lights
Balluster at the upper level with gallery store on the side
With lead-light windows on each gallery stores at the upper level, ballusters, and chandelier lights
Some of the stores inside Brisbane Arcade
Inside of one of the store
Photo : Interior inside Brisbane Arcade, interior design
Location : 160 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Directions / Transportation :
1. Take any translink train and get off at Central Station. Exit at Ann Street
a. Turn right along Ann Street, next turn left at Albert Street, then turn left at Adelaide Street or
b. Turn left along Ann Street, next turn right at Edward Street, then turn right at Adelaide Street
Official Website : Brisbane Arcade
Atlanta Fox Theatre is already part of history and its significance is being recognize not only in the city but in the whole country. The theatre has been planned for demolition before and due to circumstances it has been saved. Right now the 1920’s former movie palace is now self-sustaining as it generates income that can maintain its structure. The building design both exterior and interior shows its Moorish style. When I entered the theatre from entrance to balcony it significantly show the Middle Eastern and Egyptian style from it doors, windows, ceilings, walls and flooring. Even the lighting used and decorations significantly show its Arabic concept. And when I learned that it was originally planned and designed as new headquarters of Shriners in Atlanta (a national fraternal organization that is a subgroup of the Masons, is the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic), I understand why the theatre has the Moorish concept. But because of the cost it needed, the member of Shriners lease the building to movie tycoon William Fox and had a deal about having its 5000 seats. These photos are part of Shaping Sound event at Atlanta Fox Theatre Photo Collection November 2015.
Interior (Post#11) : Margaret Mitchell House (Apartment No. 1)
I was lucky that I got a chance to see the apartment unit of Margaret Mitchell when she was writing the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel “Gone With the Wind”. The visit in this room is part of guided-tour which means, it cannot be seen by just self-guided visit in the museum. It’s a worth wait as I witness the place where the talented author lived her life during that time. These photos are part of Margaret Mitchell House Visit Photo Collection November 2015.
Interior (Post#10) : Canberra’s Parliament House – Marble Foyer
The Parliament House Marble Foyer is one of the lobby that I saw how grand it is in a different way. The ceiling lights, pendant lights, hanging clocks in the middle are all in white colors. The walls with balustrades, the columns partially covered with marbles, the flooring designs with different shapes had complimented to each other. The grand staircase in both sides, by just looking at it and thinking if I started walking on it I felt I am a debutante, it’s so simple but so elegant. Its design seems to be basic but its refreshing, comforting and relaxing. These photos are part of Canberra Day Tour June 2013 Collection.
I love interior specially, interiors of historical building. When Queen Victoria Building (QVB) has been restored to its original glory, one of the things that are noticeable is its stained-glass window at the entrance of the building at George Street. At the time of my visit, as the sun is clear outside, its display are more visible inside the building. The photo is part of Sydney Walking Tour April 2014 collection.
If I did not fall into IT career, maybe I took an architecture course before. I just remembered before when I was still in my rudimentary studies that I had some talents in drawing things, but that skill wasn’t developed anymore when I went to high school as my life changed and somewhat pressured to be like my siblings and be a student with flying colors so I focused in academics.
During my two-days trip in Sydney, the first day was spent in CBD. I checked-in in one f the hotel located near at Kings Cross station. I rested a bit in my room and then I started my walking adventure in the afternoon. I took train from Kings Cross Station and got off at Town Hall Station. After leaving the station, I wandered and my steps started moving but it does not have its specific destinations at first. I walked along George Street towards Druitt Street. In that walk, one building caught my attention and that is Queen Victoria Building. Maybe because it stands-out within CBD as it is surrounded by buildings and offices which emphasize the building to be unique. I had seen old structures in Melbourne which converted to a commercial space and yet it still able to preserve the lavish design and architecture of the building, meaning the building was not only preserved to be a heritage site but to be a functional building for businesses in our time.
Exterior of Queen Victoria Building has been familiar to me. I just remembered the following structures that I saw from the past, like Provincial Legislature Building in Alberta and British Columbia in Canada and Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, all of these has a dome structure in the middle as significant architectural design of the building.
Before I crossed Druitt Street and walked towards Queen Victoria Building, I noticed the Statue of Queen Victoria which stands in one side before the entrance/exit of the building. On my way to the door, I felt excited because I was curious what to see and discover in the building. The moment I got inside, I was impressed because of how huge the building is and at the back of my mind, I am trying to imagine its size by thinking how many arcades will fit into the building. My adoration in the following arcades that I visited in Melbourne (don’t get me wrong as I still love all of them) seems to be just a fragment of admiration compared to impression that the building made on me. In terms of size, QVB is already a winner. In all the arcades that I saw in Australia (like Adelaide Arcade, Brisbane Arcade and Melbourne’s Arcades), QVB is the biggest arcades that I discovered so far. I do understand its a building unlike the arcades that I saw in other cities, but I am referring to the vintage styles of shopping stores in one place where the ambiance of the building made me felt that I was back in time between 18th to 19th century. Most of the arcades that I visited are just 2 floors but QVB has 5 floors (lower ground, ground and level 1 to 3). If people were amazed on the global brand stores that can be found inside the building, I was in awe of its beautifully crafted interiors, from its dome, ceilings, walls, pillars, windows, handrail down to its flooring.
Arches and Colonnades (with Elevator)
Escalators and Balustrades on large openings
Arches, Balustrades and Ceilings
From the entrance that I walked-in, the first thing that I noticed on its interior are the arches and colonnades. The combination of these two are visible in most of the stores and has been functionally used as division of each establishments. The balustrades are visible to each floor (except the lower ground) in each large openings so everyone has a chance to see other floors from any level. Though the building is being preserve to be a heritage site, escalators has been added so people can used it conveniently as it become a commercial space building too.
My stride continues as I explore QVB, I stopped when I saw the dome ceiling from Level 1, the dome looks so elegant as the scenery are combined with arches in other floor level and balustrades that encapsulated the circle openings aligned to the dome itself. Aside from dome, I also discovered the stained-glass window with its colorful design and a fine handrails that all significantly shows Victorian Style.
I went up to the next floor using stairs as I followed the dome ceilings and stained-glass windows. I reached the third level or the highest floor of the building where I can see dome ceiling up-close. The dome is at the center of the building, looking at the other side of the dome, the Great Australian Clock can be found hang from the glass-ceiling and it is one of the mechanical clock to be found in QVB and while on the other side of the dome, the second mechanical clock is visible which is the Royal Clock.
Great Australian Clock
The building has different style when it comes to its flooring, from lower ground to first level it emphasized its mosaic-tiled design while in second and last level are more into carpeted floors. If the other establishments enjoys huge arches in their stores the other appreciated the stained windows in their own space, a truly crafted and elegant interiors.
Tiled-Mosaic and Carpeted Flooring
After the building tour within QVB, I went outside, I took sometime to see the building from a distance. And there I learned that the building has lots of cupolas which complimented the main dome at the center of the building. And from a distance, I saw how magnificent the building is.
Interior (Post#8) : The Dome (333 Collins Street, Melbourne)
I took these photo after joining my team in a lunch where I had a chance to pass the walkway at The Dome. I can’t stop my admiration and I took photos while walking and I was glad it’s still clear. Snapshots are part of my Random Photo Collection of Melbourne.
After visiting Council House 2 or CH2, the next building that I visited was Melbourne Town Hall. It was one of the biggest building that I had visited during the Open House Melbourne event last July 2013 and it was one of the building that I enjoyed because I had a chance to see what’s inside of it. I used to pass the town hall every time I traveled back and forth along Swanston Street before but only during the event that I had a chance to see it up close.
Melbourne Town Hall – A Majestic Building with Politics and Culture Fusion
Melbourne Town Hall
When I entered the building from Swanston Street, the hallway immediately impressed me. I felt that I stepped back in time because all the things that I saw were scenery from modern 18th century time. From the carpet that I walked-in, to the artifacts displayed between walls, to its lightnings and ceilings and to its doors that I passed to see a specific room. I just a hallway but I really enjoyed it.
Interesting things that I saw here was the caption of one of the keys being displayed along the hallway, the capital city of my country which is Manila. Below was snapshot, a key of City of Manila.
The first room that I entered to see was Council Chambers Room. I immediately got curious when I saw the room even I was still standing in the door. There were many visitors like myself explored the room. Anyone can sense that it was a meeting room, because of the way a semi-circular tiered seating arranged and where the Lord Mayor’s chair and table stands. I spent sometime here because I wanted to get my chance to sit in the Lord Mayor’s chair to have my souvenir in the room.
Photos inside Council Chambers
Next room that I visited was Yarra Room which was a former Council Chamber for the city. Another room that showcases how grandeur Melbourne Town Hall is.
Photos inside Yarra Room
Main Hall and Balcony
The jewel of Melbourne Town Hall goes to this grandiose main hall where it also host one of the most beautiful, romantic and the largest pipe organ in southern hemisphere. This is largest and most glamorous room within the town hall where majority of events happening which includes orchestras, choirs, multimedia launches, symposium, meetings, weddings, party’s and a lot more.
When I visited the main hall, there was scheduled organ playing but I haven’t got a chance to listened most of it as I still wanted to explore other parts of the town hall.
Largest Pipe Organ in Southern Hemisphere
Interiors and balcony of Main Hall
Another historic room exist in the town hall is Melbourne Room. This is the room where Queen Elizabeth II has been served with tea in 1954. I had few photos in this room due to a lot of people around, it was difficult to get panoramic shot inside the room.
Some photos of Melbourne Room
Another historical part of the town hall and maybe famous to some people is its Portico and Balcony. It was the impressive portico where Beattles and ABBA waved to their fans during their visit in the city.
When I was standing here, I had a chance to see some part of CBD, in front of Melbourne Town Hall at the other side of Swanston Street is Manchester Unity Building and Melbourne City Square can be found at the left side of the building along Collins Street. I had read some stuff about the first proposed location of the town hall and it was far from where it stands, and because of the debate for its location it was built in the heart of Melbourne CBD.
Snapshots while at the Portico
1. Plan to visit Melbourne Town Hall ?
Address : 90-120 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Free Tours : Available during weekdays, for more details and its schedule, please check here
2. Public Transportation Ticket – Use Myki (Melbourne Ticketing System), please check here for more details.
Use tramTracker Apps or even just Google Maps (use directions) and there are tram routes available
Route: 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72 –> get off at Stop 11 – Town Hall / Collins Street or Stop 10 Bourke Street Mall/Bourke Street
Route: 112, 109, 48 –> get off at Stop 6 – Town Hall / Collins Street
Interior (Post#7) : Melbourne Town Hall – Main Hall
I can probably say that the Main Hall or auditorium of Melbourne Town Hall is the grandest and most impressive room of all. It is the largest room which can handle at least 2000 people for an event. This hall is also hosting the historical and largest pipe in southern hemisphere. I admired this room not only because of the pipe organ which is the jewel of the room and the town hall itself, but because of the grandeur of the interior of the hall. I felt that the design of the room is already a proof of its more than a century history. By just looking on its eye-catching decorated ceilings and magnificent chandeliers, anyone will be amazed. And when I moved to another seat just to see the whole balcony and the walls with drawing designs, all of it depicts how grand the room is. These photos are part of Melbourne Town Hall Photo Collection 2013.
Interior (Post#6) : Melbourne Town Hall – Yarra Room
Another room to see inside Melbourne Town Hall is Yarra Room. This room again displays how impressive and elegant the town hall is. It can accommodate up to maximum of 150 people if the event is cocktail. Historically, it is a former Council Chamber of the city. These photos are part of Melbourne Town Hall Photo Collection 2013.
Interior (Post#5) : Melbourne Town Hall – Council Chambers
One of the impressive room to be found inside Melbourne Town Hall is Council Chambers which is part before of old city court. The room showcases how the ceilings has been beautifully decorated, how refined the wood panels has been carved and how glass windows has been colored and drawn its mallet used by H.R.H the Duke of Edinburgh to lay the foundation stone of the town hall in 1867. Overall, the room is categorized as combination of Italian and English Renaissance style. These photos are part of Melbourne Town Hall Photo Collection 2013.
Carved Wood Panelling
Stained Glass with Mallet of H.R.H the Duke of Edinburgh
Interior (Post#4) : The Athenaeum – Renaissance Revival Style
The Melbourne Athenaeum considered to have a Renaissance Revival Style which depicts on some snapshots that I got during the visit in the building at Open House Melbourne event. These photos captured last July 2013 and part of The Melbourne Athenaeum Photo Collection.
Interior (Post#3) : Riverside Centre Entrance Lobby
When I visited Brisbane during the two-days Open House event in the city, I signed-up in the website for the event organizers and I got selected to visit or tour the Riverside Centre building located in Eagle Street at the heart of business district of the city beside the Brisbane River. One of the fascinating things to see in the building is the Carlberg sculpture seen against exposed rib structure at the entrance of the building. Photo captured last October 2013.
Carlberg sculpture seen against exposed rib structure
Interior (Post#2) : The Block Arcade – Elizabeth St Interior Walkway
One of the things that I really enjoyed in Australia while strolling around in its different cities are its century old arcades and one of them is “The Block Arcade” or simply “The Block”. The said arcade is located almost at the center of Melbourne CBD. When I got a chance to enter in this European touched arcade I was really amazed. Looking at its interior design, you will really feel the building’s history and culture. Photo captured last July 2013 while walking around the city.
Interior (Post#1) : State Library Victoria – La Trobe Reading Room Ceiling
The photo above is the interior design of the dome ceiling in La Trobe Reading Room inside State Library Victoria in Melbourne CBD. The photo above was just a sneak shot that I had while wandering inside the library. At first, I tried to search books to read inside this room, but to be honest my intention is to take a snapshot of this magnificent domed reading room not to be obvious to other people, that I was inside the library just to be amazed and appreciate its interior design. I sneaked this shot last July 2013. So keep quiet…shhh.
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