A look at Melbourne’s unique architecture

Camila Lafratta

Fernanda Frazão

To understand this Australian city’s good vibes, just take a close look at its architecture


Before going to Melbourne, be warned: there’s a chance you may not want to go back home. After all, it’s no coincidence that it was selected as the best city in the world to live in for seven straight years. Located in southern Australia, the metropolis seems to combine all that’s good – safety, access to education, great food, nice people, beaches, urban life, diversity, and plenty of culture.


But you’ll only discover all this after a few days there. And since first impressions count, Melbourne starts out big: no one can be indifferent to its landscape architecture. A combination of Victorian buildings with skyscrapers and postmodern (and at times crazy) structures, the city is not marked by a specific movement, resulting in a new surprise on every corner.



Known as “The Lego Tower,” the building designed by Jackson Clements Burrow has nothing to do with the toy brand. It’s an apartment building in the neighborhood of St. Kilda whose façade features 40 colors.



The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), which has four independent gallery spaces and a patio, is one of the main exhibition venues in the city. It’s part of the Melbourne Arts Precinct, which is home to several museums and cultural institutions.



In the heart of the city, opposites attract

Neighboring antitheses: the concrete Federation Square, with its super modern lines, is less than 330 feet [100 m] from the Flinders Street railway station, built in 1908 and a representative of the neo-Baroque style. They are located in the Central Business District (CBD), as Melbourne’s central region is called.



The 3D façade of the Melbourne Theatre Company building: another proof that the sky’s the limit in a city where each structure wants to outdraw its neighbor.



Getting around

The airport is approximately 12.5 miles [20 km] from the Central Business District (CBD); the SkyBus runs every 10 minutes. The city’s public transport runs 24/7 and the trams are free in the central region.


When to go

The temperatures are usually mild, dropping to 46.5 °F [8 °C] in the winter and reaching 82.5 °F [28 °C] in the summer. The exception is January, when more severe heatwaves can occur.



The CBD is the most strategic area because it’s home to many attractions. St. Kilda, the beach neighborhood, and Fitzroy, filled with restaurants and shops, are also great options.



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