November 7, 2019
You may know Rosso as a comedian, author and radio personality but have you heard of his alter-ego Tim Ross the architecture and design enthusiast? Just like Canberra, Tim is a multi-faceted gem who champions the work of passionate people from talented architects through to local winemakers.
From its inception, Canberra has been a city where design and planning are at its core. Tim Ross answered nine quick questions about Canberra’s design genius.
...it connects us who we are. Canberra is best summed up by the late Italian born architect Enrico Taglietti, who came to Canberra in the 1960s to find a site for the Italian embassy. What he saw was a blank canvas for new ideas and he stayed. Canberra represents our ability to create something in our own image and with our own voice.
...Lonsdale St in Braddon. Memorable meals and a taste of the enormous change that’s occurred in Canberra in a short period of time.
...discover something about yourself. You might be surprised how much of your family history is held in the Archives.
...I can’t go past Clonakilla.
...everywhere! There’s an embarrassment of architectural richness in Canberra which boasts some of the best Modernist architecture in the world
Something most people don’t know about the Shine Dome is that it’s probably the most perfectly presented Modernist architecture in the country. It’s been meticulously restored, complete with all the original furniture, boasting a delightful library in the dome. They had to retrofit floor to ceiling strands of string between the batons to stop the scientists from getting vertigo from looking at the spacing between the panels.
...a visit to Old Parliament House. I visit every time in in town and I gain something different from it on every visit. It drips with political history.
...is the National Gallery of Australia. Col Madigan’s Brutalist landmark symbolizes exactly what Canberra is about.
… the Nishi Building in NewActon. The Molongo Group’s vision to continue the rich tradition of high quality architecturally significant buildings in Canberra is to be applauded.
...Barton with his striking Edmund Barton Building and Yarralumla where his 1982 townhouses have definitely stood the test of time. Keen eyes can also spot his apartments in Campbell.
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