* Benalla Art Gallery
Designed by Philip Sargeant and Colin Munro and opened in 1975, the gallery celebrates its 40th anniversary next month. The same architects designed McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park at Langwarrin.
“It’s the most beautifully sited regional art gallery. My wife was a director for six years. We spent many happy years there. It’s spectacular.”
* Republic Tower, corner La Trobe and Queen streets
Designed by Nonda Katsalidis, this 34-storey tower caused a stir when plans for it were unveiled in the 1990s.
“Quite a few of us were looking aghast at it [because of the height]. But you look at it now and you think, ‘What’s the problem?’ It’s a beautiful building. It’s a tall building but a good building.”
* Brambuk Cultural Centre, Halls Gap
Richmond architect Gregory Burgess designed Brambuk, meaning “white cockatoo”, in the Grampians National Park.
“It’s a spectacular design and tells the story of Aboriginal culture in the Halls Gap region.”
* East Melbourne
The streets around East Melbourne as they come off the Fitzroy Gardens are some of the city’s best preserved and most beautiful.
“Walk around East Melbourne, it’s spectacular. Some of our beautiful built heritage is extraordinary still.”
* Flagstaff Gardens bowls club
Designed by Melbourne City Council’s design team, this sustainable building was built in 2010 after the old bowls clubhouse burnt down.
“It’s a contemporary design that fits beautifully into the very historic gardens. It was a nondescript council building and bowls club before, and it’s now a fantastic community space.”
* Canning Street public housing, North Melbourne
Built under the Better Cities program in the 1990s, these public housing apartments replaced some rather grim concrete four-storey walk-up flats. “It demonstrated you could rebuild these estates and provide public housing tenants with really quality, affordable places to live.”
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