Plumbers' & Gasfitters' Building
52 Victoria Street, Carlton 3053.
- Built in 1969.
- Designed by Graeme Gunn.
- Not listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
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.