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Postcard from donkey wheel house

Postcard from donkey wheel house

During Melbourne Open House, I certainly didn’t choose buildings based on architecture or historical significance: it really depended on whether it had a rooftop garden or a cool-sounding name. The donkey wheel house sparked my interest in the latter.Donkey Wheel House, Melbourne Open House, Australia

The donkey wheel house was originally the headquarters for Melbourne Trams; it has since become the site of a philanthropic organization that houses charities, art exhibits and a fabulous co-working space. The building celebrated its 120th birthday this year; however, it’s one of those historical buildings that has been able to reinvent itself into something entirely new and relevant.

Cracked staircase with exposed brick in Donkey Wheel House, Melbourne, Australia

The beauty of imperfection.


Stairwell at Donkey Wheel House in Melbourne, Australia

The ornate heritage lift has been in use since installed in 1929. The insignia on the bannister is a remnant of the building’s days as the headquarters for Melbourne Trams.

Ballroom undergoing renovation in Donkey Wheel House, Melbourne, AustraliaBallroom in the midst of renovation.

 

Green window in Hub Coworking Space in Donkey Wheel House, Melbourne, Australia

The bright interior of Hub, a co-working space for Melbourne entrepreneurs, contrasts with the traditional facade of the building.

Brick walls and steel ceiling in the basement of Donkey Wheel House, Melbourne, Australia

The brick walls and steel ceiling in the basement make it cool year-round. Our tour guide’s take on it: “In those days, you had to be sustainable and energy efficient–because you didn’t have any other choice.”

Light exhibit in Donkey Wheel House basement, Melbourne, Australia

Let there be light…even in the basement. The current art exhibit focused on a variety of light installations.

Outdoor garden at Donkey Wheel House, Melbourne, Australia

One man’s garbage is another man’s compost.

Beautiful detailing in entry of Donkey Wheel House, Melbourne, Australia

  • I think the imperfections add to the building’s charm 🙂
    p.s. Thanks for the postcard!

  • Anonymous

    No worries–I absolutely loved this building, even though it was far from perfect!

  • Rajasthan Tours Operator

    i think this building  looks so glorious

  • Rajasthan Tours

    gorgeous pictures thanks for sharing
     

  • Rajasthan Tours

    gorgeous pictures thanks for sharing