Melbourne Monopoly: what’s missing?

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Melbourne Monopoly: what’s missing?
AAMI Park / Photo: Dianna Snape

Melbourne has finally got its own city version of Monopoly (admittedly, three years after the Sydney version came out) and although many of the city’s most recognizable landmarks such as Federation Square and Flinders Street Station made an appearance, there were some marked omissions from the list. ArchitectureAU has compiled a list of worthy venues that didn’t quite make the cut.

Emporium Melbourne vs Melbourne Central Shopping Centre
Emporium Melbourne, a shiny new shopping centre bauble in the city’s retail “Golden Mile”, made the pink section of the Melbourne Monopoly board along with the Queen Vic Market and Chapel Street. But how does the Buchan Group-designed Emporium, which opened in April last year, compare to Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, which features the historic 1888 Coop’s Shop Tower enclosed under a glass dome?

The original design for the centre was completed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa in collaboration with Bates Smart + McCutcheon and Hassell in the Metabolist style, and opened in 1991. A 2005 refurbishment of the centre was undertaken by ARM Architecture, which went on to win several awards for the project, including the Walter Burley Griffin Award, the Australian Institute of Architects’ highest honour for urban design.

Melbourne Cricket Ground vs AAMI Park
A whopping four Melbourne sports venues made the list, including, of course, the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, which dates back to 1854. Cox Architecture’s AAMI Stadium didn’t make the cut, despite winning at least 22 awards since its 2010 opening. The stadium features a distinctive lightweight steel roof made up of individual bioframe shell forms, and it won both The World’s Most Iconic and Culturally Significant Stadium award at the 2012 World Stadium Awards and the National Award for Public Architecture at the 2011 National Architecture Awards. […]