Playing favourites #2: Racing Conference building
This one's bound to be uncontroversial: surely everyone loves the Racing Conference building, even if they just know it as "that building with the Lido in it and the curvy verandah".
Sharp corner sites often bring out the best in buildings, but few have done it with such elegance and sense of fun. The fenestration is all proper, no-nonsense Modernism, but the curves look back a few decades to Art Deco streamlining. The materials are surprisingly rich and textured, and while the horseshoe motifs are as kitsch as ever, they're a constant reminder of the building's original purpose.
But it's the sinuous ripple of the verandah that really lifts it out of the ordinary. Most people don't enjoy it quite as much as the kids I once saw somewhat gingerly skateboarding on top of it, but it's still something that raises a smile. Elegant, friendly and memorable: those are three qualities that are always welcome in a building.