I am confused as to why some who want to save 10 Murray Street Government Office block from demolition are seeking to "retro-fit" the building (see these 2 stories in the Mercury - "New Twist for old Block" and "10 Murray Facelift Push Grows"). If this building is a classic example of 1960s architecture in Tasmania, then why are proponents seeking to modernise the exterior of 10 Murray Street Government Offices, to something that is very different to the original style of the building?
Whilst I enjoyed the designs by architects of what 10 Murray Street offices could look like, I think they are missing one important aspect. If you change the exterior of the complex you end up with a completely different building, It's no longer 10 Murray Street, it just becomes another interpretation of what some people think it should look like in the 21st Century.
Whilst I appreciate that time is running out to save 10 Murray Street and the Art Deco Government Printing Office block from demolition, I would rather see 10 Murray Street demolished than have a design that "retro-fits" the exterior. Doing so would mean a loss of a 1960s classic, and the denial of what this period of building once stood for.
To view a photo essay of 10 Murray Street Government Offices I have complied click here
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