Coops Shot Tower, Melbourne CBD, Australia. by Edge-of-dreams

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Coops Shot Tower, Melbourne CBD, Australia. by 

Taken with a Panasonic Lumix TZ15 compact camera. Original image taken in colour and converted to greyscale using PS Elements 2.

The Coops (Melbourne Central) Shot Tower is located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, Australia. It was completed in 1890 and is 50 metres high. The historic building was saved from demolition in 1973 and was incorporated into the massive Melbourne Central complex in 1991 underneath an 84m high conical glass roof.

Coop’s Shot Tower is 9 storeys high, and has 327 steps to the top. The tower produced six tonnes of lead weekly up until 1961, when the demand for the lead shot dwindled, due to new firearm regulations.

The Glass Cone is the largest glass structure of its type in the world. The cone is 20 storeys high, weighs 490 tonnes and has 92 glass panes.

Challenge winner – Looking Up Challenge in the No more Colour Group – March 2010.

Featured in Shapes and Patterns group Nov 2011.


  • Daniel Owens
    Daniel Owensover 5 years ago


  • I’m glad you like it. Thanks for stopping by !!!

    – Edge-of-dreams

  • Andreas Mueller
    Andreas Muellerover 5 years ago

    What a cool shot of a neat and unique architectural design! Great description as well!

  • Thanks Andy – glad you like the pic !

    – Edge-of-dreams

  • Elizabeth McPhee
    Elizabeth McPheeover 5 years ago

    Great shot. I imagine you could do lots of different compositions of this.

  • Yes, it is an amazing piece of construction work.

    – Edge-of-dreams

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanover 5 years ago

    OH EOD…. this is amazing… would love to see it in person!!! this is a fantastic shot… so well done… it’s beautiful!! Barb

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchover 5 years ago

    Very, very cool!!! I love the shadows on the building!

  • mikegood
    mikegoodover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous! …subject and angle!

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergover 5 years ago

    Very cool shot!


  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 5 years ago

    WOW what a fantastic image and so much to look at and ponder.

  • nikmd
    nikmdover 5 years ago

    this is absolutely fantastic…lovely angle and well framed!!!!

  • nishagandhi
    nishagandhiover 5 years ago

    great shot

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