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Ugliest architecture in Canberra? A Call for submissions.

By johnboy - 24 October 2005 58

I’m planning on doing a tour, with camera, of Canberras ugliest buildings. I’d like to record the horror for posterity.

Where you come in is by leaving suggestions in the comments as to which buildings deserve inclusion in the survey.

Knock yourselves out.

What’s Your opinion?

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58 Responses to
Ugliest architecture in Canberra? A Call for submissions.
Jazz 11:16 am 24 Oct 05

the building kind of opposite woden CIT on easty st is not part of that campus. its actually HQ for InTACT and the Parking Inspectors

gingermick 10:51 am 24 Oct 05

Yeah, Thumper. Also the apartments on the northern side of Wentworth Ave at Kingston – around Dawes/Eyre/Giles Sts. They are amazingly ugly.

Some of the old guvvies around Stuart St Griffith should be bulldozed.

Chris S 10:28 am 24 Oct 05

As a Garran resident, I have a few. The “ski run” at The Canberra Hospital – the part that sort of faces onto Yamba Drive.

Then try Hartigan Gardens in Hartigan Street, a complex of a number of units that are truly ugly and don’t fit in with the rest of the 1960’s architecture; unfortunately, a similar style dual occupancy managed to breed with it, and established itself next door.

Finally, the ugly dual occupancy on Gilmore Crescent, opposite the shopping centre. Again, truly ugly in any environment, but even worse when located inappropriately amongst 30-year old traditional bungalow style housing.

Good luck!

Xanthomyza 10:19 am 24 Oct 05

There’s a long block of flats that overlook the Southland shops in Mawson. Grey brick dog boxes. Ugliest flats ever.


Smackbang 9:40 am 24 Oct 05

Three suggestions:

# 83 or 85 (can’t quite remember) Miller St O’Connor (the one with the front fence AND wall and the extension in the ceiling) – truly must be a nominee for Canberra’s ugliest house.


The new Scarborough House in Woden Town centre (I can just see the archiect saying “I know how we can modernise this building: let’s add a bright red fin with the words “Scarborough House” on it”.

Thumper 9:28 am 24 Oct 05

What about the new apartments at Kingston along what ever road it is that runs alongside the lake.

They look as if they have corrogated iron screwed to their walls.

Truly hideous….

Evan 9:21 am 24 Oct 05

What about the building opposite the Wig & Pen? Act Health I believe. A little bit of East Germany in Canberra.

xman 9:16 am 24 Oct 05

The Belconnen brutalist troika – Cameron Offices, Benjamin Offices and the ‘egg carton’ UC ressies.

The early 70’s vision of the future. ~shudder~

Jey 8:54 am 24 Oct 05

and Kanangara

Jey 8:53 am 24 Oct 05

“And Sky Plaza. In da gheettttooooo.”
Not sure what ur talking about but speaking of the ghetto, Currong Appartments.

Evictor 8:51 am 24 Oct 05

Res schools at UC.
And Sky Plaza. In da gheettttooooo.

jr 8:43 am 24 Oct 05

LOL… both the Edmund Barton Building and Woden CIT are Hertitage listed buildings!

Jey 8:21 am 24 Oct 05

“The thing in Woden, opposite the Hellenic Club, that looks a bit like the mother ship has landed”

The one that looks like some kind of prison?
Yeah that’s pretty ugly.

blossy 8:06 am 24 Oct 05

I’m not sure what the building is, but I *think* it may be part of the CIT. The thing in Woden, opposite the Hellenic Club, that looks a bit like the mother ship has landed…

Thumper 7:51 am 24 Oct 05

Edmund Barton Building.

Harry Seidler has designed a rural looking silo sort of construction connected by space age walkways that appear to have giant bolts through them. Truly a classic in ugly architecture.

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