Madigan not the High Court Architect, take a bow Chris Kringas

johnboy 19 October 2011 2

high court

This came in my mail last night:

Your article The man who defined Canberra architecture shuffles off this mortal coil suggests the High Court building was designed by Colin Madigan.

This is incorrect.

The High Court of Australia was designed by architect Chris Kringas. Kringas was director in charge and led the design team, which included Feiko Bouman and Rod Lawrence. The team completed the design in 1973 working from a terrace house in McMahon’s Point, Sydney.

Construction documentation was substantially complete at the time of Kringas’s death in March 1975, just one month before construction began.

Architect Hans Marelli supervised construction of the design.

The constructed building is relevantly identical to the winning competition design.

While there are similarities in material and style between Madigan’s National Gallery and Kringas’s High Court, there are significant differences in architectural form and space.

Please publish a correction.

Simon Kringas
Senior Lecturer in Architecture, University of Canberra

Consider us corrected! (although we hope the Oz gets similarly admonished)

[Photo by Josh]

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2 Responses to Madigan not the High Court Architect, take a bow Chris Kringas
Classified Classified 10:40 am 20 Oct 11

Is that the same Chris Kringas who puts on a red suit and assigns presents ($10 max) to people at the office?

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 10:37 am 20 Oct 11

(For reference, Simon Kringas is the nephew of Chris Kringas)

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