Visual diary and observations by David Hollywood about art, architecture, theatre, design and popular culture.​

Bricks and Ghery

The narrative of Ghery's brick work for UTS in Ultimo, Sydney, unfolds and surprises as you move from outside to in. There is a play on reflection and transparency. The reflections are often curvaceous and expansive.

This is a school for business studies. You, the visitor, are seeing yourself in context (reflected in mirrored surfaces). Your views to the outside world are clear and distinctly framed by many square apertures. The deep window reveals create sun drenched niches.

The surprise is the effortless flow of internal space given the complexity of the exterior facades.

The detailing of surfaces, how they meet, travel and conclude makes for many lyrical moments.


Tattersalls Lane

The narrow canyon lanes are the capillaries to Melbourne's arterial grid.

Simple, impermanent Section 8 and its environs in Tattersalls Lane sits directly behind Swanston Street between Little Bourke and Lonsdale Streets.

Reviewed: May 2009 by Laneway Magazine

A renovated car park, it’s a corrugated, rusty and effortlessly cool iron jungle, right down to the mesh fence, the mess of steel girders and the bar – a hacked, painted shipping container. All this is softened with clever oriental touches, as statues, parasols and lanterns sit, spring and hang around the wooden pallet seats. These are sprinkled with cushions and make for a surprisingly comfortable, unique Melbourne bar experience. Like neighbour Shanghai Dumpling, it too may be a victim of its own popularity; if you intend to make it your bar on a Friday or Saturday night, get there early.

Pass over Stevenson Lane – there a few interesting pieces of street art, but ultimately, its focus is waste disposal – walk up through the evergreen walls and suddenly you’re at Lonsdale St, a world away from where you just were: a little avenue of contradiction, juxtaposition and a reminder of what it is, after all, what makes Melbourne great.