Evolving Port

Port Melbourne continues to change. Houses are changed or demolished and new houses take their place. New forms of housing are created. Port Houses records some of these changes.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Waterside: 95 - 101 Dow St

95 Dow St was formerly at the rear of TEAC's administrative headquarters and repair centre. It was in the video days and it was handy to have a video repair place nearby. 95 Dow St was occupied partly by a carpark servicing the TEAC offices and partly by a a low level office building that was home to Armaguard. It was in the days when people were paid weekly or fortnightly in cash, and so there was regular coming and going to the site.
Planning history
Following the construction of Bianca, the rear of the site fronting to Dow St was sold and a fresh application was submitted to Port Phillip Council that was broadly consistent with a previous approval. The site has had several permits issued over a period of time. The proposal for Waterside was appealed to VCAT by resident objectors and subsequently approved by VCAT on 28 February 2010. [ref P3225/2010] Waterside contains 120 apartments and 3 levels of carparking. 
Architect: Plus Architecture
Some site history
'The vacant land fronting on Bay St between Scotts Hotel and the boot shop on the corner of Little Bay St, known as 'the flat' was for many years prior to World War 2 a gathering place. It extended to the rear of the terrace houses in Dow St. All the houses in Little Bay St north side backed on to the flat. The other side was taken up almost wholly by land at the rear of the National Bank.' [recalled by Edwin Whiting, formerly a resident of Dow St.]



Saturday, May 11, 2013

Port Melbourne in the Design Awards

5 November 2013
Two apartment buildings in the vicinity of  Rouse St, Port Melbourne - Tjingari at 216 Rouse St and Armada at 115 Nott St, were finalists in the City of Port Phillip's Design and Development awards in the category of  'Best new development of 6+ storeys.'
The awards were held in St Kilda on Wednesday evening. Peter Maddison,  the guest speaker, spoke on the theme of innovation.
"How do we imagine the future when all that we know is the past?" was the teasing question he posed.
Tjingari won the Urban Art category for the work 'My mother's country.'

Tjingari
Architects: De Jong

Saturday, May 4, 2013

259 The Boulevard, Port Melbourne

4 May 2013

17 December 2012

16 June 2011


16 June 2011


Friday, May 3, 2013

Dahlias

There always seems to be one flower that captures the essence of a season. Today as dry winds whip around and the dark closes in early, I thought I would celebrate the dahlia - the essence of the last of summer.
Dahlias are getting harder to find in Port. Flowers suffer badly from garden fashion - in today, out tomorrow. The only remaining Dahlias seem to be found in the gardens of Greek residents. For many years, Greek gardens were derided. Now growing your own vegetables is de rigeur, and colour is back in fashion, but not, it seems dahlias. The dominant species in Port seems to either be iceberg roses or plants which survive on any windswept balcony and neglect. There is a loss of living diversity in the suburb.