MINI Portraits: Ben Callery Architects

MINI LIVING – INVERT 3.0 will bring together architects and RMIT architecture students to explore the potential of our laneways. In the lead-up to the exhibition, we’ve asked participating architects to give us a tour of their favourite Melbourne laneway. Watch the video and read the transcript of Ben Callery from Ben Callery Architects’ tour of Eptree Lane, Brunswick.

Ben Callery: There [are] a few things I love about this laneway. When we first dealt with it – which was over 10 years ago now – … already, it had somewhat … more than just being a laneway. It had been used as a frontage to houses and what I love about this particular laneway from that point of view is it gets this lovely north light from the back.

There’s a really good opportunity for treetop views and views beyond just your little 10-by-10 footprint.

The history of the lane is really present, I think, with things like the brick wall with the glass shards sticking up out of it which says a lot about the history of the area. It’s nice to have those little remnants still … there.

But you can see, probably, they’re not going to be there for much longer ‘cause … like this place here, it’s all evolving and that’s what cities do, isn’t it? They don’t stay static; they’re alive, which is cool.

Stay tuned for more MINI Portraits. MINI LIVING – INVERT 3.0 will be presented from 13 – 17 November at Rapha Melbourne, 32 Guildford Lane.

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