Federation Square

Federation Square

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Corner Swanston St. & Flinders St., Melbourne, VIC 3000 | +61 3 9655 1900, Australia
Federation Square in Melbourne
Alamy
Features
Free, Popular with locals, Family-friendly

This controversial cluster of buildings on the banks of the Yarra is equally loved and loathed. Designed by local firms Lab Architecture Studio and Bates Smart, it utilizes a fractal triangular design in three materials: zinc, glass, and sandstone. Within the space are bars, restaurants, the Melbourne Visitor Centre, the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia (dedicated to Australian art), and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. There's always something going on here—a book fair, a concert, tai chi—and it has become Melbourne's unofficial town square and a meeting place for young and old.

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