With significant works by some of the movement’s noteworthy designers such as Colin Madigan, Enrico Taglietti, and Robin Boyd; Canberra is a snapshot of the most radical design period in history: beginning in 1958 at the Magistrate and Supreme courts. Designed by Roy Simpson, the courts stood strong for 60 years before a remodel began in 2018. The ACT Government have pledged respect for the heritage of the Law Courts building by preserving the façade, the atrium, the podium and the external peri-style columns.
Slowly, similar buildings that represent the strong mid-century modernists movement in Canberra are being torn down and replaced. But there are still architectural gems in the capital and Lauren is going to show us them all.
In 1959 Sir Roy Grounds designed what is now known as the “martian embassy” at the Australian Academy of Science. The creation of this building marks the inception of the mid-century modernist movement in Canberra: Grounds is widely considered Australia’s leading architect in the movement.