Melbourne Has The Sound Of Buildings

Melbourne Has The Sound Of Buildings

Victoria Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine

iPhone Application Gives A Voice To Melbourne’s Buildings

Victor P Taffa

The secrets behind 10 of Melbourne’s most recognisable buildings have been unlocked in a free iPhone application that takes users on a guided walking tour of one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Developed for the Victorian State of Design festival, the Sound of Buildings application was jointly funded by a $20,000 grant from the Coalition Government through Major Projects Victoria and was officially launched today by Major Projects Minister Denis Napthine.

“Victoria has a tradition of great architecture dating back to the gold rush and this application is a wonderful and innovative way to showcase our culture of good design.” Dr. Napthine said.

Sound of Buildings gives a behind-the-walls view of the inspiration and history behind our most prominent buildings to locals, architecture enthusiasts and visitors to Melbourne.”

“This is not only a celebration of Melbourne’s unique buildings, it is also a fantastic tourism asset.”

Already download figures indicate there has been significant overseas interest in this application which features ten of Melbourne’s most iconic constructions, including AAMI Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Federation Square and the National Gallery of Victoria.

“This application uses GPS to give directions to the 10 local icons, and then allows users to view images and listen to interviews with designers, users and developers while walking between the landmarks.” Dr. Napthine said.

Sound of Buildings will be a fantastic addition to the State of Design festival and will complement the Melbourne Open House which takes place at the end of the month.”

Out of the 10 locations featured in Sound of Buildings, five are Major Projects Victoria developments.

The full list includes:

  • AAMI Park;
  • Westpac Centre;
  • Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre;
  • National Gallery of Victoria;
  • Federation Square;
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral;
  • Council House 2 (CH2);
  • Monaco House;
  • Royal Exhibition Building;
  • Melbourne Museum.

The design of the application allows for more buildings to be added at a later date.

Dr. Napthine said Sound of Buildings was a joint effort between Major Projects Victoria, the Victorian Government Architect, Cox Architecture and the State of Design festival.

“I wish to congratulate all of these organisations for coming together to develop the Sound of Buildings.” Dr. Napthine said.