The National Museum in Canberra preserves and interprets Australia’s social history, exploring the key issues, people and events that have shaped the nation.
As designed by architect Howard Raggatt (design architect and design director for the project), the museum building is based on a theme of knotted ropes, symbolically bringing together the stories of Australians. The architects stated:
“We liked to think that the story of Australia was not one, but many tangled together. Not an authorized version but a puzzling confluence; not merely the resolution of difference but its wholehearted embrace.”
The building is meant to be the centre of a knot, with trailing ropes or strips extending from the building. [source of information from Wikipedia]
The design is not everybody’s ‘cup of tea’, but I love it! And on a rainy day it is the perfect place to spend a few hours inside where there is a rather good café with a view of Lake Burley Griffin from the terrace.
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Well different strokes for different folks as always, but I think it’s gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing and explaining Jude!
We have been there a few times. We love it. Of course the real Mekka for beautiful architecture is found in Finland.
In Australia there are also some very good examples of great buildings but sadly also some of the worst. The imitation Tudor, Georgian, the dreadful large suburban wastelands filled with hollow columned MacMansions. Don’t get me going!
I’ll try not to 😉
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