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By that I mean huge industrial incinerators that were built to devour waste. In this case, it was built for the Essendon City Council on their rubbish dump as a way of burning rubbish rather than letting it stack up.
It is a little hard to explain the sheer beauty of this building. It has to do with the simplicity, the clean lines and geometric features which are so simple in concept yet so dramatic in their overall impression. The result is stunning Art Deco.
Walking around particularly the outside of the building you can see the sheer glory of Griffin's architectural style. You can imagine him planning the overall concept making marks with a compass, glorying in the functionality and beauty of intersecting lines, geometric shapes and diamond patterning.
The final drawings were executed in the Griffin's Melbourne office under the direct supervision of Eric Nicholls and the incinerator was completed in 1929.
Griffin and his wife were also early conservationists. The workings of the incinerator were also devised to minimise effluence into the atmosphere. And in keeping with Griffin's Arts and Crafts ethos the council workers were well catered for and given a beautifully tiled bathroom with showers and even a plunge bath.
If you happen to catch Richard Ennis, the Arts officer at the Incinerator Gallery, he knows everything there is to know about Griffin and the surrounding area.
He told me how the original design even encompassed a garden although today only the peppercorn trees remain.
Remnants of the sites industrial heritage are still in place
Noted Melbourne architect Greg Burgess who supervised the refurbishment of the Incinerator in 2004 so it could become a gallery said: "In everything that they did they ennobled every day life. They imbued it with the quality of soul."
The Incinerator Gallery is also home to various important local art exhibitions. But don't forget to walk around the outside of the building because architecture is art in and of itself. And this art work should not be missed.