220 Collins St, Melbourne

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The Manchester Unity Building has our favourite facade in the city. Built in 1932 during the great depression, it was a symbol of hope during a time of despair.

Upon completion it was the tallest building in Melbourne, standing at 64 metres. It was also the first building in Melbourne to have escalators, taking shoppers to the first floor ‘without hassle.’

At night the tower lights up, and it has become one of the most popular sites for visitors during Melbourne Open House.

On the ground floor is a small arcade, which houses a cafe. The interior is beautiful, with the walls made of Australian marble, and the elevator doors of bronze.