Back to the future: The pragmatic classicism of Australia's Parliament House
Source TitleARQ: Architectural Research Quarterly
PublisherCambridge University Press (CUP)
University of Melbourne Author/sTombesi, Paolo
AffiliationArchitecture, Building And Planning
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsTombesi, P. (2003). Back to the future: The pragmatic classicism of Australia's Parliament House. Architectural Research Quarterly, 7 (2), pp.140-154. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1359135503002100.
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Until the launch of Federation Square in Melbourne, in 1997, Australia's contribution to the history of international architectural competitions consisted essentially of two buildings: the Sydney Opera House, won by Jørn Utzon in 1957, and the Federal Parliament House in Canberra, won by Mitchell/Giurgola and Thorp (MGT) in 1980. While Utzon's building is widely acknowledged as a daring piece of innovative design and one of the architectural icons of this century, MGT's winning scheme for Parliament House drew heavy criticism from the moment the proposal was unveiled: neo-Classicist lines, a Beaux-Arts parti, and the building's occupation of Capital Hill – at the top of the Griffins' 1912 scheme for Canberra – were seen by many as displaying a lack of sensibility towards Australian landscape, culture, and ingenuity, and as the result of a conservative approach to contemporary urban design.
KeywordsArchitecture ; Other
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