Canberra’s biggest eyesore?

vandam 6 June 2009 100

This morning on the radio they were talking about Australia’s biggest eyesore (which happened to be Surfers Paradise).

It got me thinking about Canberra’s biggest eyesore. This morning the favourites were the Belconnen Shopping Mall and the National Art Museum.

So what is Canberra’s Biggest eyesore? Could it be the various art pieces popping up around Canberra? The camp site they call the Aboriginal Tent Embassy? or buildings such as the Sky Plaza?

Personally my vote goes to the National Art Museum Followed closely by that metal art thing they have on the GDE.


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jessieduck jessieduck 11:58 am 09 Jun 09

The National Library is beautiful!

ant ant 11:57 am 09 Jun 09

justbands said :

> and The Nasho.

What’s “The Nasho”?

National Library.

Postalgeek Postalgeek 11:28 am 09 Jun 09

I-filed said :

H1NG0 said :

I can’t belive people are saying Parliament House. That is a prime example of great modern architecture.

New Parliament House is utterly American in feeling – designed by Americans (hence the focus on the flag, a very American cultural take). They inserted a token Aussie into the office for the duration. I’d call it fascist architecture rather than modern … it’s also utterly dysfunctional inside – and out, e.g. they’re keeping a secret, just how often they have to replace the turf on top at great expense to the public. The hill they snotted to build it was much more appealing …

Well, I suppose you could say it has American influence. Yes, Giurgola spent a lot of time in the US, but he was born and educated in Italy, and now has Australian citizenship. It has its problems, but I think the design could’ve been a LOT worse. The building mass retains a low profile and the soaring flag structure doesn’t block the landscape behind it. A clever balance of humility and grandiosity.
As for flags, they have been a focal point for many cultures and a common expression of nationalism around the world. Think of the Union Jack. Whether you think nationalism is good or bad is a different argument for a different thread.

And you’re going to have to explain to me your use of the term ‘fascist’.

Postalgeek Postalgeek 11:11 am 09 Jun 09

ant said :

Prettiest building needs its own topic!

Yep, the confusion is starting already.

chewy14 chewy14 11:04 am 09 Jun 09

I-filed said :

H1NG0 said :

I can’t belive people are saying Parliament House. That is a prime example of great modern architecture.

New Parliament House is utterly American in feeling – designed by Americans (hence the focus on the flag, a very American cultural take). They inserted a token Aussie into the office for the duration. I’d call it fascist architecture rather than modern … it’s also utterly dysfunctional inside – and out, e.g. they’re keeping a secret, just how often they have to replace the turf on top at great expense to the public. The hill they snotted to build it was much more appealing …

What?
I don’t get that feeling at all, i think it looks good.
As for it being dysfunctional, i would say most of the problems have more to do with the fact they started construction without a plan and now they are constantly trying to fit more people into an already full building.

I-filed I-filed 10:54 am 09 Jun 09

H1NG0 said :

I can’t belive people are saying Parliament House. That is a prime example of great modern architecture.

New Parliament House is utterly American in feeling – designed by Americans (hence the focus on the flag, a very American cultural take). They inserted a token Aussie into the office for the duration. I’d call it fascist architecture rather than modern … it’s also utterly dysfunctional inside – and out, e.g. they’re keeping a secret, just how often they have to replace the turf on top at great expense to the public. The hill they snotted to build it was much more appealing …

PM PM 10:51 am 09 Jun 09

Tent embassy, no question. It’s never been anything but an eyesore.

justbands justbands 10:51 am 09 Jun 09

> and The Nasho.

What’s “The Nasho”?

ant ant 10:48 am 09 Jun 09

Prettiest building needs its own topic! I rather like OPH (just not the cafe in it), and The Nasho.

peterh peterh 10:46 am 09 Jun 09

vandam said :

trevar said :

So, vandam, are you tallying these votes? Sky Plaza seems to be out in front at the moment, although I think all apartment buildings should be treated as a single eyesore, as should all shopping malls…

Looking at the overwhelming response, I think the clear winner is:

Sky Plaza. Followed closely behind by the ‘art’ on the GDE, with the bus Interchanges rounding up the top 3.

It seems that most of Canberra was covered, so I put the next question to you all:

What is Canberra’s best attraction / building? (with most of Canberra being a eyesore i’m sure this one will be a toughy!)

sorry i am late. sky plaza is such an interesting building, designed for aesthetics, not functionality. shame that the “hole” in the side doesn’t whistle….

justbands justbands 10:16 am 09 Jun 09

> 1. InTACT (ACT Government) offices in Woden (opposite Woden Interchange)

Callum Offices. The original concept was for the entire Woden town centre to be made up of those “pods”. If they’d have actually done that, I reckon the look would have been pretty cool.

& I’ve lived here my entire life & have never heard of this “National Art Museum” either.

frontrow frontrow 10:07 am 09 Jun 09

The house in Waramanga that has yet to complete extensions commenced in 1975.

H1NG0 H1NG0 9:17 am 09 Jun 09

I can’t belive people are saying Parliament House. That is a prime example of great modern architecture.

I-filed I-filed 8:48 pm 08 Jun 09

1 (New) Parliament House

2 National Museum of Australia

3 Canberra School of Music building

Eyesores that are just buildings that went up for function are one thing; architect-designed monstrosities are quite another …

Warpiglet75 Warpiglet75 8:09 pm 08 Jun 09

I love Manuka Pool, so Deco

Postalgeek Postalgeek 7:38 pm 08 Jun 09

Thumper said :

I love OPH.

+1

Add to that Manuka Pool. The new parly is a great piece of modern architecture that was relatively sympathetic to its surroundings. A radical idea.

2604 2604 5:21 pm 08 Jun 09

The National Library. It looks especially good lit up at night.

Thumper Thumper 4:24 pm 08 Jun 09

I love OPH.

el el 3:41 pm 08 Jun 09

OPH.

vandam vandam 3:12 pm 08 Jun 09

trevar said :

So, vandam, are you tallying these votes? Sky Plaza seems to be out in front at the moment, although I think all apartment buildings should be treated as a single eyesore, as should all shopping malls…

Looking at the overwhelming response, I think the clear winner is:

Sky Plaza. Followed closely behind by the ‘art’ on the GDE, with the bus Interchanges rounding up the top 3.

It seems that most of Canberra was covered, so I put the next question to you all:

What is Canberra’s best attraction / building? (with most of Canberra being a eyesore i’m sure this one will be a toughy!)

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