In 1835, the Melbourne land was bought to indigenous Australians for a crate of blankets, knives and knick-knacks. “This is the place for a village”, said its founder, John Batman, at the time. Unlike previous settlements such as Sydney or Tasmania, Melbourne was populated with fresh emigrants.
And it seems that the local architecture showcases every single historical phase the country went through over a century: the gold-rush era, the industrial revolution, the British Victorian style at the end of the 19th, the Paris Art Nouveau in the turn of the century, the roaring 1920′ and its Art Deco buildings, the consumers revolution embodied in mural paintings…
On the same block, it is not unusual to find brick premises, neo-classic columns and recent concrete. When not on the same building, like below !
All around the city, creative architecture blossoms, adding a new layer to the urban landscape !