Although far away from Europe, Australia keeps its memory very much alive in its architecture. A little bit all over the country, and in some of its biggest and bustling cities, you will find references of Colonial, Gothic and even Classicist period architecture, along with some of the most exciting buildings and constructions of the contemporary world. Today CovetED is touring Australian architecture and letting you know which are the 10 buildings you can’t pass on the opportunity to see on your next trip to Oceania.
Sydney Opera House
Definitely Australia’s most famous building, Sydney Opera House was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. Construction began in 1958, but the multipurpose venue would only formally open in 1973. Nowadays, it is considered to be one of the 20th century most iconic buildings and it is currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Q1, or Queensland Number One, is Australia’s highest building at 1,058 ft (322mt). Designed by SDG & The Buchan Group and inspired by the Sydney 2000 Olympic Torch, Q1 is currently the seventh-tallest residential building in the world!
Royal Exhibition Building
Probably the most ancient building in our list and one of the most beautiful, the Royal Exhibition Building was finished in 1880 to host the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880–81. It has since been restored twice and it was the first building in Australia to be awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.
At 975ft (297m), Eureka Tower is one of Australia’s tallest buildings, having been completed in June of 2006. The tower was designed by a Melbourne-based architecture firm, Fender Katsalidis Architects and it one of the buildings that define the Melbourne skyline.
Federation Square is one of the most versatile items on our list. This public venue was constructed for all purposes, including art, culture, and public events. The main geometric building is hard to miss when you pass by, and if you decide to stop by you will find numerous cafes, bars, and restaurants.
120 Collins Street
120 Collins Street was designed by architectural firm Hassell in association with Daryl Jackson. Finished in 1991, 120 Collins Street is a postmodern building that pays homage to New York’s most famous art deco buildings, the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.
Located in Australia’s capital, Canberra, the Parliament House was designed by Mitchell/Giurgola & Thorp Architects and it first opened on 9 May 1988 with a ceremony lead by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia. There are many areas open to the public, and the Parliament House even houses 4,700 rooms!
Another stunning residential building, Infinity Tower has 81 levels that together make up for 549 residential units! It is 817ft (249m) tall building developed by Meriton and nowadays, all the lucky tenants have at their disposal a spa, lap pool, private gym, sauna and, of course, an efficient lift system.
A bit further in the future…
Zaha Hadid’s Mayfair Residence Tower
DeciBel Architecture’s super-skinny tower
Designed by DeciBel Architecture, this super skinny skyscraper might be Melbourne’s next high rise building. According to Dezeen, it is set out to be a “skinny 330-meter-high tower rising from a triangular plot“, and it could be finished by 2022!
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