I recently posted about the new Hamer Hall in Melbourne and its ‘brise soleil’ and then continued to see metal work in all its interesting forms everywhere I went.
Closer to home the rejuvenation of Oakleigh’s central mall has not just been redesigned but re-crafted with the input of the local traders and Monash Council.
I am sure the urban redesign is worthy of an award with the street furniture being created by the council’s in-house urban design team (excellent job guys). All the individual seats, made of spotted gum and stainless steel, the rusted metal craft tree guards and metal art have so enhanced the lively cultural heart of Oakleigh.
The street planting is evocative of the mediterranean given Oakleigh’s strong and vibrant Greek community, with olive trees and bay trees interplanted with deciduous Ash and ornamental pear trees.
Rising to the new urban design challenge, a number of restaurants along the strip have been meticulously and imaginatively refurbished – Backbone particularly, with its cowhide seats and glassed in chiller viewer of hanging meat, leaves you in no doubt that this is not a place for the vegetarians of the world.
(Having said that we did enjoy a really tasty Asian style salad for lunch with the protein provided by nuts alone.)
Some information and the before shots of the mall are available at
Place Focus did the review for the development of the Eaton Mall site and have an interesting website about all the different things the young urban designers of the day would take into account before spending $2million of rate payers money etc. http://www.placefocus.com/Welcome/fast-track.html