We went to Federation Square yesterday. This is one of my favourite new places!
Fed Square, as it’s more commonly known, is a large civic and cultural centre that serves as Melbourne’s public square. It’s located at the intersection of Flinders Street and Swanston Street/St Kilda Road. Adjacent to Flinders Street railway station and across from St. Paul’s Cathedral, Fed Square’s modern design was a source of controversy and outrage among heritage advocates. After construction delays and budget blowouts, the square was opened on 26 October 2002. It remained controversial over its unpopular architecture. In 2009, Virtual Tourist awarded Fed Square with the title of the World’s Fifth-Ugliest Building. It’s grown on Melburnians over time.
In addition to bars, cafes, and restaurants, Federation Square has several cultural facilities, including the Ian Potter Centre and Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). The Ian Potter Centre houses the Australian part of the art collection of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). It has over 20,000 Australian artworks, including paintings, sculpture, and textiles. ACMI is Australia’s only national museum of film, video games, digital culture and art. Admission is free to both. Fed Square is also home to many events such as book markets, poetry readings, wine tastings, and cultural festivals.