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This is a grand example of how saving history and incorporating a heritage building into a development can benefit the development.

The Coops (Melbourne Central) Shot Tower is located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. 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 shot weekly up until 1961, when the demand for the lead shot dwindled, due to new firearm regulations.[citation needed]

Recently, a museum called the Shot Tower Museum has been set up inside of the tower at the back of R.M. Williams, which is tenanted in the tower.
Coops Shot Tower – This is a fine example of a rare and distinctive building type and survives almost intact to this day. The building is carefully massed with its campanile style central tower above the two storey factory with five arched openings. Much of the original shot making equipment survives and gives the building extra significance. The Shot Tower is a prominent city landmark and was the focal point of a group of brick warehouses and stores in this area. This brick tower rises 50m (165ft) and was allowed to surpass the 40m (132ft)by 10m due to the purpose of the bldg- Shot making process. it is one of 5 shot towers built in Australia. It has been preserved despite demolition of all other buildings on this block it is now enclosed in 1991 by the 77m tall geometrical cone of the Melbourne Central shopping complex.

Equipment: Nikon D300 Sigma 10-20mm lens handheld

Technique: HDR 5 Bracketted Images, Photomatix 3.26

See Also

Angle 5 – Colour:

Coops Shot Tower Angle 3:

Coops Shot Tower Angle #1:


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Philip Johnson is a Photographer located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Specialising in HDR photography his works have been shown in galleries,published in Tourism campaigns. His work will also be available as Jig Saws through Crown & Andrews

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  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanabout 4 years ago

    fantastic Philip :)

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersabout 4 years ago

    Cool!! . . .

  • billfox256
    billfox256about 4 years ago

    Terrific angle and perspective!!!!, Bill

  • Jeffrey  Sinnock
    Jeffrey Sinnockabout 4 years ago

    I like the color version better,has more zip to it

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherabout 4 years ago


  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...about 4 years ago

    ok………….no Im’m dizzy…………

  • solareclips~Julie  Alexander
    solareclips~Ju...about 4 years ago

    Next I want to see a shot from the top of the 327 steps!! (snicker…..)

    Best regards from your hosts Julie and Roger!

  • i might be laying on my back after 327 steps lol
    thanks for the feature

    – Philip Johnson

  • billyboy
    billyboyabout 4 years ago

    Wow Philip, such a surprise to see this in your pf amongst all the fabulous HDR work.
    In fact it makes me dizzy which is proof of the impact it carries.
    Cool take!

  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaabout 4 years ago

    This is amaaaazing!!!!! what a shot. I have seen this, however the way you present it is far more effective. Like Jeffrey I like the colour print. Well done.

  • Akkra
    Akkraabout 4 years ago

    Looks cool in b&w, it almost looks like newspaper print like this :o)

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