The Sound of Buildings

 iPad Hamer Hall screen shot

The Sound of Buildings Vol.2 

The Victorian Government, through Major Projects Victoria, is a proud major sponsor of The Sound of Buildings Vol.2 architecture walking tour app for iPhone and iPad.

Following on from the successful first volume released last year, The Sound of Buildings Vol.2 takes you behind the walls of another ten of Melbourne’s most interesting buildings. The story behind each of these buildings is told through the voices of designers, builders, users and children.

This interactive tour provides listeners with a deeper level of understanding of the featured buildings, as well highlighting Melbourne’s rich architectural stock and tradition of quality design. 

Featured buildings include The Royal Children’s Hospital, Flinders Street Station, Old Treasury Building, The State Library, Collins Place, Melbourne Terrace Apartments, The MCG, The Shrine, RMIT Design Hub and Hamer Hall. Click here to view a full list of buildings and speakers.

Available to download free of charge The Sound of Buildings Vol.2 uses GPS to guide people around these Melbourne landmarks while viewing images and listening to interviews about the buildings.

Sound of Buildings Vol.2 was developed by the Office of Good Design and supported by Major Projects Victoria, The Arts Centre and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.

The Sound of Buildings app provides a lasting resource for tourists, students and anyone interested in knowing more about the history and stories behind Melbourne’s built environment.

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Sound of Buildings Vol.2 Hamer Hall iPad screen shotMajor Projects Minister Denis Napthine at The Sound of Buildings launch at Fed Square.(from left) Peter Maddison, Patrick Ness, John Wiles (Executive Director, Major Projects Victoria), Kate Brennan (CEO, Fed Square), Kate Rhodes, Minister Denis Napthine at The Sound of Buildings Launch at Fed Square.Grand Designs Australia host Peter Maddison trying out The Sound of Buildings on his iPad at Federation SquareCharlie, age 3 and his mother Kate Nelson at Federation Square for the launch of The Sound of Buildings. MRC and MTC iPhone screen shot
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Major Projects Minister Denis Napthine at The Sound of Buildings launch at Fed Square. Major Projects Minister Denis Napthine at The Sound of Buildings launch at Fed Square.
(from left) Peter Maddison, Patrick Ness, John Wiles (Executive Director, Major Projects Victoria), Kate Brennan (CEO, Fed Square), Kate Rhodes, Minister Denis Napthine at The Sound of Buildings Launch at Fed Square. (from left) Peter Maddison, Patrick Ness, John Wiles (Executive Director, Major Projects Victoria), Kate Brennan (CEO, Fed Square), Kate Rhodes, Minister Denis Napthine at The Sound of Buildings Launch at Fed Square.
Grand Designs Australia host Peter Maddison trying out The Sound of Buildings on his iPad at Federation Square Grand Designs Australia host Peter Maddison trying out The Sound of Buildings on his iPad at Federation Square
Charlie, age 3 and his mother Kate Nelson at Federation Square for the launch of The Sound of Buildings. Charlie, age 3 and his mother Kate Nelson at Federation Square for the launch of The Sound of Buildings.
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News

  • 2012-08-02 - Melbourne’s buildings find new voice in Sound of Buildings Vol. 2 iPhone app
    The second volume of Melbourne’s Sound of Buildings architectural walking tour iPhone application has hit the Apple store today.

    Following on from last year’s popular first volume, Sound of Buildings Vol. 2 takes you behind the walls of another ten of Melbourne’s most interesting buildings including:

    • Royal Children’s Hospital
    • Flinders Street Station
    • Old Treasury Building
    • State Library of Victoria
    • Collins Place
    • Melbourne Terrace Apartments
    • MCG
    • Shrine of Remembrance
    • RMIT Design Hub
    • Hamer Hall

    Sound of Buildings Vol. 2 is free to download and features more than 40 interviews from a diverse range of people, including architects, historians, a cricket player, a Vietnam veteran, a haemotologist and an artist famous for releasing 10,000 paper planes in the State Library.

    Open House Melbourne ambassador and host of the popular television show Grand Designs Australia, Peter Maddison said the app – which is available for both iPhone and iPad – was part of Melbourne’s love affair with great buildings.

    “The Sound of Buildings is a celebration of Melbourne’s unique architecture and built heritage. It gives people a deeper level of understanding and context about our buildings as well as highlighting their diversity,” Mr Maddison said

    “With the first volume averaging 1,100 downloads a month there is clearly great interest in the stories behind the buildings. The inclusion of interviews with children adds another unexpected and charming perspective often overlooked in traditional architecture media.

    “The free application and associated website means everyone can go behind the walls of these buildings and find out what makes them work.

    “The ongoing success of events such as Open House Melbourne held last weekend, with 135,000 visits to 100 buildings, shows Melbourne is a place that values good design,” he said.

    Associate Victorian Government Architect Jill Garner said the app was an architectural voyage of discovery.

    “The Sound of Buildings showcases architecture as a living, breathing discipline that makes the threads from which the fabric of our city is woven,” Ms Garner said.

    “The application lets us hear from the people that determine the pattern of this fabric. We can hear the voices of those who design, plan, build, use, embrace or criticise – each has something unique to say about the buildings and their experience of them.
     
    “For Volume 2 we have brought together a remarkable set of buildings and places – each one playing a significant role in the making of our city and in the hearts and minds of Melburnians.

    “The two volumes of the Sound of Buildings are an insightful record of discovery and consolidates a unique resource of local design history,” she said.

    Curator Dan Honey of the Office for Good Design said that the new soundofbuildings.com website would make the app’s content available to a wider audience.

    “All the content on the 20 buildings featured in Volumes 1 and 2 is available on the website with links to download the free app. Events like Open House Melbourne demonstrate the strong interest people have in our architecture and we are really excited to be able to host everything on the new site,” Ms Honey said.

    Sound of Buildings Vol.2 was developed by the Office of Good Design and supported by Major Projects Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.
     
    For more information or to download the Sound of Buildings Vol.2 please visit www.soundofbuildings.com.
  • 2011-07-26 - iPhone application gives a voice to Melbourne’s buildings
    The secrets behind 10 of Melbourne’s most recognisable buildings have been unlocked in a free iPhone application that takes users on a guided walking tour of one of the world’s most liveable cities.

    Developed for the Victorian State of Design festival, the Sound of Buildings application was jointly funded by a $20,000 grant from the Coalition Government through Major Projects Victoria and was officially launched today by Major Projects Minister Denis Napthine.

    “Victoria has a tradition of great architecture dating back to the gold rush and this application is a wonderful and innovative way to showcase our culture of good design,” Dr Napthine said.

    “Sound of Buildings gives a behind-the-walls view of the inspiration and history behind our most prominent buildings to locals, architecture enthusiasts and visitors to Melbourne.

    “This is not only a celebration of Melbourne’s unique buildings, it is also a fantastic tourism asset.”

    Already download figures indicate there has been significant overseas interest in this application which features ten of Melbourne’s most iconic constructions, including AAMI Park, St Paul’s Cathedral, Federation Square and the National Gallery of Victoria.

    “This application uses GPS to give directions to the 10 local icons, and then allows users to view images and listen to interviews with designers, users and developers while walking between the landmarks,” Dr Napthine said.

    “Sound of Buildings will be a fantastic addition to the State of Design Festival and will complement the Melbourne Open House which takes place at the end of the month.”

    Associate Victorian Government Architect Jill Garner said the tour would enrich the architectural experience of Melbourne’s landmark buildings, through its collection of personal stories about these icons.

    “The tools of architecture include the drawing, but not everyone has the skill to understand the three dimensional implications of a drawing. Behind every drawing there is a process of invisible deliberation and a perception of an architectural experience – of space, of openness and closure, of light and shadow,” Ms Garner said.

    “Buildings do talk – both to those who understand their architectural language, and to those who are moved or intrigued by space, materiality, detail, or by a shaft of sunlight through a strategically placed hole in a wall at a certain hour on a certain day.”

    Cox Architecture Director Patrick Ness said the tour would allow people to engage with Melbourne in a new and exciting way and give people an interesting insight into the evolution of Melbourne architecture.

    “These stories from the architects, engineers and builders of our city will offer a new understanding of the city and reinforce Melbourne as a thriving centre for cultural exchange.”

    State of Design Festival Creative Director Kate Rhodes said the tour’s title was reference to how buildings interact with each other.

    “Not only do the creators and end users of the buildings speak about their experience in the Sound of Buildings tour, but in some ways, so too do the buildings themselves,” Ms Rhodes said.

    “As many of the architects note, there is carefully considered dialogue between a building, where it is located and the buildings that surround it. In addition to the individual stories behind each design and its development, there exists a 'conversation' between each of the buildings in this tour, across time and space.”

    Out of the 10 locations featured in the Sound of Buildings, five are Major Projects Victoria developments. The full list includes:

    •    AAMI Park;
    •    Westpac Centre;
    •    Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre;
    •    National Gallery of Victoria;
    •    Federation Square;
    •    St Paul’s Cathedral;
    •    Council House 2 (CH2);
    •    Monaco House;
    •    Royal Exhibition Building; and
    •    Melbourne Museum.

    The design of the application allows for more buildings to be added at a later date.

    Dr Napthine said Sound of Buildings was a joint effort between Major Projects Victoria, the Victorian Government Architect, Cox Architecture and the State of Design Festival.

    “I wish to congratulate all of these organisations for coming together to develop the Sound of Buildings,” Dr Napthine said.

    Download The Sound of Buildings for your iPhone here