10 Remarkable Melbourne Buildings

I love the buildings of Melbourne, there is so much variety. There are the heritage listed treasures and the quirky new structures. Some are remarkable for what they hold and some for their unique design. This list is not a top 10 but rather a starting point, an encouragement to head out and explore the brilliant architecture of our great city.  

1. Medibank Building, Docklands One of the new players in the Melbourne architecture game, this building is like nothing I've ever seen. The swirling central staircase with its rainbows is spectacular and the lower levels share the style but swap stairs for a blue ramp which is like a waterslide. While the bulk of the building is closed to visitors outside of open house weekend, the lower levels are open and you can pop in to get a look at the atrium. There's a cafe in the entrance so you can grab a coffee while you admire the building. 

1. Medibank Building, Docklands

One of the new players in the Melbourne architecture game, this building is like nothing I've ever seen. The swirling central staircase with its rainbows is spectacular and the lower levels share the style but swap stairs for a blue ramp which is like a waterslide. While the bulk of the building is closed to visitors outside of open house weekend, the lower levels are open and you can pop in to get a look at the atrium. There's a cafe in the entrance so you can grab a coffee while you admire the building. 

2. National Gallery of Victoia, St. Kilda Road  The NGV is an imposing building softened by the huge water features at the entrance. Thefamous  water wall is one of the most photographed locations in Melbourne for good reason, from outside you can always catch people playing and from the inside it turns the world outside into an impressionistic masterpiece. There is plenty to discover once inside, of course there is the Great Hall with it's amazing lead light ceiling and three floors of beautifully displayed art from around the world but check out the kid's gallery too. At the moment it is Open House by Tromarama (pictured). 

2. National Gallery of Victoia, St. Kilda Road 

The NGV is an imposing building softened by the huge water features at the entrance. Thefamous  water wall is one of the most photographed locations in Melbourne for good reason, from outside you can always catch people playing and from the inside it turns the world outside into an impressionistic masterpiece. There is plenty to discover once inside, of course there is the Great Hall with it's amazing lead light ceiling and three floors of beautifully displayed art from around the world but check out the kid's gallery too. At the moment it is Open House by Tromarama (pictured). 

3. The Melbourne Star, Harbourtown This giant enclosed Ferris wheel gives spectacular views over the city and is open day and night for two completely different experiences. Pods have full audio commentary to help you navigate the sights. The Star is a nice spot to view the fireworks from, it's also a lovely way to catch sunset. 

3. The Melbourne Star, Harbourtown

This giant enclosed Ferris wheel gives spectacular views over the city and is open day and night for two completely different experiences. Pods have full audio commentary to help you navigate the sights. The Star is a nice spot to view the fireworks from, it's also a lovely way to catch sunset. 

4. Powerhouse Gallery, Geelong Not strictly in Melbourne but well worth the 45minute drive, this old powerhouse is now a hub for street artists from around the world to showcase their ideas. Murals cover the enormous walls, inside and out, and feature artists such as Rone and Adnate (pictured). They also host live painting events where you can watch the artists in action. 

4. Powerhouse Gallery, Geelong

Not strictly in Melbourne but well worth the 45minute drive, this old powerhouse is now a hub for street artists from around the world to showcase their ideas. Murals cover the enormous walls, inside and out, and feature artists such as Rone and Adnate (pictured). They also host live painting events where you can watch the artists in action. 

5. Luna Park, St Kilda Melbourne's iconic Luna Park was always going to make the list. The eerie gaping face as entrance and creaking scenic railway are classic melbourne. The railway is best viewed from on top so jump in the line early as it gets very busy. Also, avoid bad weather as it can be halted for strong winds or rain. 

5. Luna Park, St Kilda

Melbourne's iconic Luna Park was always going to make the list. The eerie gaping face as entrance and creaking scenic railway are classic melbourne. The railway is best viewed from on top so jump in the line early as it gets very busy. Also, avoid bad weather as it can be halted for strong winds or rain. 

6. Melbourne Central, CBD Specifically the glorious glass cone and the shot tower it was built to protect. It's certainly a hard feature to miss if you are in Melbourne Central but if you would like a closer look from right up inside the cone (pictured) there are special Behind the Scenes tours run by an incredibly stylish local historian once a month. It's a great way to learn some local history as well as getting a really unique view of this famous structure. 

6. Melbourne Central, CBD

Specifically the glorious glass cone and the shot tower it was built to protect. It's certainly a hard feature to miss if you are in Melbourne Central but if you would like a closer look from right up inside the cone (pictured) there are special Behind the Scenes tours run by an incredibly stylish local historian once a month. It's a great way to learn some local history as well as getting a really unique view of this famous structure. 

7. Werribee Mansion, Werribee Park Heritage listed Werribee Mansion is a stately old building that has been meticulously preserved. The grounds are also impeccably kept and include lakes, gardens and green houses. During the year the Mansion hosts many special events such as Children's Week picnic and the Easter Egg hunt.  

7. Werribee Mansion, Werribee Park

Heritage listed Werribee Mansion is a stately old building that has been meticulously preserved. The grounds are also impeccably kept and include lakes, gardens and green houses. During the year the Mansion hosts many special events such as Children's Week picnic and the Easter Egg hunt.  

8. The Butterfly House, Melbourne Zoo A glasshouse full of butterflies is pretty remarkable. Wear bright colours and try to sit or stand still to make some new friends. It's a fantastic spot to hang out on on cold day as it's always warm and humid in there. 

8. The Butterfly House, Melbourne Zoo

A glasshouse full of butterflies is pretty remarkable. Wear bright colours and try to sit or stand still to make some new friends. It's a fantastic spot to hang out on on cold day as it's always warm and humid in there. 

9. Federation Square, CBD The heart of Melbourne. I really can't imagine the city without Fed Square anymore. The angular, erratic design is one of a kind and so many wonderful things are tucked inside. Make sure you check out the Attrium and NGV Australia. If you are visiting Melbourne head down underneath to the visitor info centre which is an invaluable resource for planning your time here. 

9. Federation Square, CBD

The heart of Melbourne. I really can't imagine the city without Fed Square anymore. The angular, erratic design is one of a kind and so many wonderful things are tucked inside. Make sure you check out the Attrium and NGV Australia. If you are visiting Melbourne head down underneath to the visitor info centre which is an invaluable resource for planning your time here. 

10. State Library of Victoria, CBD  A really stunning building from inside and out. Picnic on the lawns while listening to the Swanston St buskers and admiring the sculptures that cover he forecourt and then head inside where you can take a lift to the top and get a birds eye view of the reading room. The library hosts plenty of travelling exhibitions and has an impressive permanent art collection.

10. State Library of Victoria, CBD

 A really stunning building from inside and out. Picnic on the lawns while listening to the Swanston St buskers and admiring the sculptures that cover he forecourt and then head inside where you can take a lift to the top and get a birds eye view of the reading room. The library hosts plenty of travelling exhibitions and has an impressive permanent art collection.

This is just part one, I plan on bringing you more of Melbourne's remarkable buildings in the weeks to come... 

Keep exploring. 

Kel in Melbs