Plumbers' & Gasfitters' Building
52 Victoria Street, Carlton 3053.
 
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Plumbers and Gasfitters Employees Union building
Plumbers and Gasfitters Employees Union building
Plumbers and Gasfitters Employees Union building
Plumbers and Gasfitters Employees Union building
Summary:
  • Built in 1969.
  • Designed by Graeme Gunn.
  • Not listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
Building Description:

The Plumbers & Gasfitters Employees Union Building was commissioned in 1969 and is often regarded as one of the finest examples of Brutalist architecture in Victoria, despite its modest size.

Constructed of off-form concrete and tinted glass, the Plumbers & Gasfitters building makes a bold statement along Victoria Street which is more notable for its boom-style nineteenth century aesthetic. The Brutalist style is wonderfully executed with a large stairwell leading visitors to the main entrance and a large projecting meeting room window, framed in concrete, which provides a 'face' for the complex.

Unfortunately the presence of a large plane tree (Platanus ×acerifolia) blocks much of the street view of this building in the warmer months. Some will consider that a blessing!

The Plumbers and Gasfitters building remains in excellent condition and is still used for its original purpose today.
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