Bangunan Queen Victoria

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Koordinat: 33°52′18″S 151°12′24″E / 33.871758°S 151.206666°T / -33.871758; 151.206666

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Queen Victoria Building (QVB) atau Bangunan Queen Victoria, ialah bangunan Victoria di kawasan pusat perdagangan Sydney, di Australia. Bangunan Neo-Romanesque ini panjangnya 190 meter dengan lebar 30 m, dan memenuhi seluruh blok bandar, dibatasi oleh Jalan George, Market, York dan Druitt. Ia kini merupakan sebuah pusat beli-belah, tetapi telah digunakan untuk pelbagai fungsi sebelum ini.

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The Queen Victoria Building circa 1900

The QVB site was once home to the George Street Markets, and was selected for the construction of a grand government building. Architect George McRae designed the QVB in a Romanesque style to employ a great number of skilled craftsmen who were out of work due to a severe recession. The building was completed in 1898 and named the Queen Victoria Building after the monarch.

The completed building included coffee shops, showrooms and a concert hall. It provided a business environment for tradesmen such as tailors, mercers, hairdressers, and florists. The concert hall was later changed to a municipal library and offices for Sydney City Council. The building steadily deteriorated and in 1959 was threatened with demolition. It was restored between 1984 and 1986 by Ipoh Ltd at a cost of $86 million, under the terms of a 99-year lease from the City Council and now contains mostly upmarket boutiques and "brand-name" shops.

Ipoh began a $26 million refurbishment in 2008 to keep pace with other commercial buildings in the 21st century. The changes include new shopfronts, glass signage, glazed balustrades, new escalators connecting ground, first and second levels and new colour schemes. [1] The modern changes have been described by critics as kitsch and threatening the heritage values of the historic building. They believe that the new glass and mirrored escalators intrude into space of the original architecture and that the frameless shopfronts, glass signage and new colour schemes have lowered the heritage significance of the whole building. [2]

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  1. http://www.ipoh.com.au/IPOH/IPOH/me.get?SITE.home
  2. http://www.smh.com.au/news/letters/kitsch-rules-as-changes-to-qvb-threaten-its-heritage-values/2007/03/01/1172338789651.html

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