at 27-41 Swanston Street Melbourne, Melbourne City, Victoria, Australia, Melbourne, 3000 Australia
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close this window Melbourne's older buildings are fast becoming the city's coolest new vertical laneways, writes Rachael Wells.
Nicholas building (cnr Swanston Street and Flinders Lane)Built in the 1920s, this palazzo is a warren of tiny studios.
Its cheap rents ensure it remains a vertical community of creative types, including button-maker Kate Boulton's Buttonmania, Japanese kimono fabric specialist Kimono House, fashion maker the Frock Fairies, all on level two, shoemaker Brendan Dwyer on level three, milliner Louise Macdonald on level eight and Collected Works, the first-floor book store that devotes some 70 per cent of its shelf space to poetry.
Photo: Nicole Emanuel