Not Bending, Waving: Menzies Research Institute, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

I step carefully to the edge of the kerb, ensuring I am not too close to passing traffic. This building is breathtaking, enticing, and wants to be viewed from many different angles – but not in the midst of a busy enough intersection!

The Menzies Research Institute, associated with the University of Tasmania, is renowned for its medical research aimed at improving human health and well being. I am a little concerned about my own wellbeing for the moment, having not expected such a tantalising architectural appetiser as I amble along one of Hobart’s main streets, capital city of Australia’s southern-most state. My eyes move left and right, ahead and behind, until I find a safe pedestrian point from which to take a reasonably balanced photograph of this unique building.

And I do, which enables me to step back for a moment and admire from afar.

The curved concrete lattice facade draws the eye, creating a mesmerising optical illusion. What a difference a ‘dare to dream’ design can make, in this fine example of 21st century post-modern architecture. My eyes waver and move across each face, straight and curved, with its symmetrical patterns formed by shaped windows, and coloured surfaces. I fall further behind as I pause and take in the entire building that squats and bends, as if bouncing down ready to leap into the air; exterior lines wave, curve, straighten – then it is time for me to continue on my way.

Walkers beware; you may become temporarily distracted as you cross the road. Wait for the ‘green man’ and keep going steadily, no matter how tempted you might be to stop and take a photograph halfway across. There is a safe spot nearby that will surfice …

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