Australia and New Zealand are pioneer territories, and their architecture expresses the free spirit of a people who are ever-ready to break conventional molds. From the “primitive modernism” of Glenn Murcutt to the eye-catching expressionism of Jørn Utzon, this part of the world has become a leader in architectural innovation.
And in 2015, late to the
game but here nevertheless, is Frank Gehry’s addition—the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
Must See Buildings:
- The Sydney Opera House
Overlooking the harbor, the Opera House is a freestanding sculpture of spherical roofs and curved shapes.
- The Sydney Olympic Stadium (Stadium Australia)
This odd looking stadium for the 2000 Olympics stirred a great deal of controversy when it was constructed.
- Sydney Tower
Tallest structure in Sydney.
- Sky Tower, New Zealand
AT 328 METRES (over 1,000 feet), Sky Tower is New Zealand’s tallest structure.
Famous Architects in Australia:
- Glenn Murcutt
The world was astounded when this low key architect, who designs mostly small rural houses, won the prestigious Pritzker Prize for 2002.
- Walter Burley Griffin
- Marion Mahony Griffin
Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin were American architects who had worked for Frank Lloyd Wright before they moved their practice to Australia. Walter Burley Griffin designed the master plan for Australia’s capital city. His wife, Marion Mahony, oversaw the design of many private homes.
- Sydney Opera House Pictures
Views of the Opera House, including construction photos.
- Sydney Photo Gallery
St Mary’s Cathedral, the Customhouse, the Opera House, Town Hall, Parliament, and more.
- Melbourne Photo Gallery
Rialto Towers, Eureka Tower, and more.
A thorough, well-organized entry point to Australasian architecture with news and reviewed links. Australia, New Zealand, and beyond.
- Australia Travel Planner, from your Guide to Australia and New Zealand