A former industrial warehouse is home to an array of abandoned buildings, including a homeless shelter, a church, and even a small playground.
But for the homeless people living in the building, the abandoned buildings are a rare source of warmth and purpose.
In the wake of a severe winter, the building was home to hundreds of people during the last week of December.
“It was just a shelter for the city.
They were living in tents, they were sleeping in the street and it was just really cold,” resident Sarah O’Brien said.”
They would walk around and there would be the homeless and they would come out and sit in the corner.
It’s just been like that for a while.”
Sarah O’Briens family has been homeless for nearly three years after living in a building in Melbourne’s CBD for more than a decade.
She said the building had attracted a significant number of homeless people.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before, it’s been pretty crazy,” she said.
The building is currently home to the Grace Building, which was once the main hotel in the city’s CBD.
The Grace Building was demolished in October 2016 to make way for the Grace Village, which is due to open in the coming weeks.
“This building has been a shelter and a refuge to people for a couple of years now, it was a shelter of sorts,” resident John Smith said.
In late December, the Grace Community Services was founded to provide emergency housing and help people find housing in the event of an emergency.
“The Grace Community Shelter is the main refuge to our residents,” the organisation said in a statement.
“Over the past three years, over 2,500 people have been housed there and over 1,100 have received temporary shelter.”
The Grace Village will also be open for community visits from 4pm to 5pm on Wednesday.