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Review of Federation Square

Federation Square
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Owner description: Home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences and an array of restaurants, bars and specialty stores, Federation Square is Melbourne's meeting place - a local hang-out and one of Victoria's most popular tourist attractions.Designed by Lab Architecture and Bates Smart, this modern piazza is the size of an entire city block and receives an average of eight million visits each year.Major attractions include:The Ian Potter Centre: NGV AustraliaHome to the world's largest collection of Australian art from the Colonial period right through to contemporary artworks.Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMICelebrates, explores and promotes the cultural and creative richness of the moving image in all its forms – film, television and digital culture. Melbourne Visitor Centre Melbourne's one-stop-shop for visitor information and assistance. Federation Square hosts more than 2,000 events each year and is a hub for festivals, markets, fashion shows, public lectures, films and concerts. The majority of events at Fed Square are free and entry to the permanent exhibitions at ACMI and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is also free.Federation Square is home to 16 restaurants, bars and cafes as well as smaller contemporary art galleries and tourism services including bike rental, tour buses, boat cruises and souvenirs.Fed Square has free WiFi and the space is open 24hrs every day of the year. Note that the galleries, shops and restaurants all have their own opening hours.
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

I was not impressed here at all. I went in the day time and did not see anything worth seeing. The picture here shows fireworks etc - maybe night time on new years eve would be good - I was bored stiff in the day

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Reviewed 15 April 2012

Great location, hence good meeting place for a beer, but overall nothing too special about it.

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Reviewed 14 April 2012

Here people meet for special events and functions, is a modern architecture unique in Melbourne.
I In the ground floor is located the Visitor Centre where you can got free maps and information including Melbourne and Victoria attractions.

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Reviewed 13 April 2012

Federation Square is the quintessential urban meeting place in Melbourne. It comes with architectural controversy (loved and hated), giant screen sharing major cultural events and an array of eating, drinking and cultural activities. Visually, the buildings create a dramatic, stoney landscape. One can almost taste the mineral tang of an outback river waterfall as you ascend its canyons into the huge, sloping rough stone centre. The main tourist information centre for Melbourne is here along with one of the National Gallery (NGV) buildings, the Ian Potter Centre and Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) which has regular exhibitions on film that are child friendly and screenings of local and international films. Eating options range from simple Japanese (Chocolate Buddha) to the high end Taxi. BMW Edge auditorium has interesting public lectures on philosophy, culture etc and several spaces including the car park are used through the year for design markets, second hand books and cultural events. Located next to Flinders St station and a major tram route, this is one of the most accessible cultural hubs in Melbourne and worth a visit even if you are just using it as a meeting place. Take your time to find out what's on and you just may discover a gem in one of it's many corners.

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Reviewed 12 April 2012

The design has been loathed and lauded. I actually like the asymmetric design and the multi-levels.

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