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Info on Rusty Chambers, main street of qbn ?

By Gord0 - 27 April 2008 14

Sorry needs pics desperately but WHAT is that huge, foul rusty developers monstrosity that is looming over the road from the bowling + croquet green and a couple of small museums in Qbn, main drag ? It sits where the council used to park some of its vehicles on the oval. This was discovered during an interesting short walk around qbn cbd at about 5pm sat arvo.

It MUST have been mentioned on RA *somewhere* before now (so apols if a repost) but I couldn’t find it. Google didn’t offer much either..The developers name was everywhere but I was too enthralled to write it down.

If you haven’t had the pleasure go check for yourself – basically the whole structure (apart from some painted support poles) feature a delightfully European feel (circa 1944) with an advanced case of tin worm. Maybe I am just an ignorant peon but my artist qbn resident friend who also got to catch an eyefull of this woeful beastly hovel found the attempt at arty design an obvious flop.

My first guess was a new SES HQ made from Canberra bushfire leftovers but I doubt it. Definately has a govt feel to it though.

It even features the Super Marioesque bonus stage giant empty hole of nothingness as seen on the end of the new(ish) Woden duplo-themed apartment block which still leaves me scratching my head as to it’s purpose (challenging southcare landing pad ?). Good to see our Queanbeyanite neighbours can also share in the current trend of  amphetamine-fuelled building aesthetics. I hope for their sake there will be some sort of final coat or treatment to lift the mood but going by the developers impression on display it looks just as grim.

The sample piece of intentionally rusty steel material sitting proudly(?) at the front of the fenced off construction site & developers office said it all where some other art critic had reached through and scrawled a very apt word of appraisal…

 ..it said “YUK” 🙂

What’s Your opinion?


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14 Responses to
Info on Rusty Chambers, main street of qbn ?
ant 1:43 pm 21 Jun 08

Yes, and the farmers market died at that park because it’s locked in by some very busy roads. I found it less attractive and stopped going, and noticed less stall holders every week until it vanished. When it was at the showgrounds, it was very well patronised.

Knows Best 12:21 pm 21 Jun 08

The operators of the farmer’s market decided to move to the the river, had nothing to do with the work in the showground. Actually the little park is a wonderful spot with the river and the water birds.

ant 10:58 pm 13 Jun 08

I’m hoping, when they’ve finished building that rusty monster, that they’ll let the markets come back. they boomed on teh showgrounds, and died on that crummy little park next to the river.

Knows Best 9:30 pm 13 Jun 08

It’s not to be painted………..it will develop its own nice warm rusty look, like a tin can. Who needs a harbour?

Crikey 2:39 pm 28 Apr 08

All Sydney has is a beautiful harbour,,,,and that was there before Sydney could stuff it up. But skaboy please go back to Sydney and enjoy the traffic, crime and ‘friendly’ people LOL

MelonHead 12:48 pm 28 Apr 08

You think it is going to be painted?

Isn’t Sydney the head up the arse capital of the Universe?

skaboy12 11:52 am 28 Apr 08

Maybe you should wait until its painted and finished before bitching about it. Bloody CAVE people, I think I will move back to Sydney where people don’t walk around with their heads up their arses.

Gord0 10:16 am 28 Apr 08

new and interesting architecture is great (ie anything that doesn’t look like campbell park or mawson’s great wall of slums) IMHO but tired, rusty-looking bombed out effect buildings that belong more on the set of Hostel…no thanks..

moff 9:14 am 28 Apr 08

I quite like it. I actually find it quite tiresome when people diss new-looking, professionally architected buildings – it demonstrates that people can’t handle change and worse, discourages original idea-makers from building here.
If only there was more ‘non-traditional’ buldings being built.

That said, I don’t condone Kingston foreshores’ high-density ‘architected’ units – that land was released purely to allow developers to make a return on thier investment four-fold with copy-paste blocks and poor workmanship. Same goes for the light-brown or grey monolithic ‘mushroom houses’ that have been popping up in the past years. eurgh.

Thumper 8:39 am 28 Apr 08

I saw it the other day and thought, where the hell did that come from?

I certainly hope they don’t devlop the old showgrounds.

Crikey 8:24 am 28 Apr 08

It’s the new State Government Office block that the wonderful Steve Whan MP got for us. It has no room for parking so now the wonderful Steve Whan MP wants to use some of the land at the showground to use as a carpark.

canbaron 7:02 am 28 Apr 08

As I have no plans to drive to QBN simply to confront ugliness, anyone got a photo of this thing? Maybe it can be the start of…

Monstrosity Monday?

LlamaFrog 10:03 pm 27 Apr 08

It’s QBN who cares.

gun street girl 7:26 pm 27 Apr 08

I actually like the look of that new building. It’s a sight better than the concrete cop shop across the road.

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