Bendigo Bank HO: A landmark in its own right

Posted by barbara on June 17, 2011

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Morning view of the Bendigo Bank headquarters (behind heritage streetfront building)

Three years after it was built, the good people of Central Victoria's Bendigo must by now be accustomed to the ultra modern headquarters of Bendigo Bank. Less so interstate visitors (out of the know) who gravitate towards the city centre and catch sight of the building for the first time.

 

 

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Sunset view of the Bendigo Bank headquarters

My first impression was 'wow' and my second, Federation Square eat your heart out! A fan of the latter, the BB HQ grew on me over the course of our two day stay.

Why? Because like all stand out landforms, the enchanting building in question brilliantly reflects the time of day. First thing in the morning it knows its place and 'sits back' in the cityscape in deference to its neighbouring heritage buildings that front onto the main drag (Pall Mall?). But as the day progresses, it comes into its own in a spectacular Uluru-like fashion (at least in June) at the going down of the sun. Or should that be the West Macdonnell Ranges? It golds up, and what could be more fitting for a town that owes its success to the 1851 and onnward gold rushes that generated and supported such a handsome regional city.

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Vibrant colours and use of reflections recreate this built landform throughout the day

To find out that it happens to be an innovative eco building was an absolute plus, as was the knowledge (according to the official website) that no heritage building was sacrificed to make way for this beguiling behemoth. Instead, according to a web search, this landmark building replaced the surviving facade of a old building.

 

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