10 February, 2015

Canberra Might Have A UFO-Like Building?

It's Canberra's UFO-inspired convention centre of the future - if someone can cough up the $500 to $700 million to build it.

An artist's impression of what a new Canberra convention centre might look like.

Parliament House architects Guida Moseley Brown (GMB) have released the initial designs for Canberra’s new $700 million Convention Centre, a UFO-like building that will be built on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

Designed with Rome-based architect Massimiliano Fuksas, the winning design was selected among six other design teams by a nine-member judging panel, which described it as a “poetic and sculptural treatment of architectural form”.

An artist's impression of the futuristic design.

The initial design for a new $700 million convention centre to be built on the shores of Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin has been unveiled by the ACT Government.

The concept is a collaboration between the architecture firm responsible for Parliament House, Guida Moseley Brown (GMB), and Rome-based architect Massimiliano Fuksas.

It was selected by a nine-member judging panel who described it a "poetic and sculptural treatment of architectural form".

An Aerial View of Canberra

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said both GMB and Mr Fuksas had a strong portfolio of successful design projects and a track record of delivering large-scale public projects.

"GMB was responsible for Canberra International Airport, Parliament House and numerous public projects in South East Asia," he said.

"While Fuksas recently completed outstanding international projects including the New Trade Fair in Milan and Shenzen International Airport in Guangdong, China."

The ACT Government has been pushing for a new centre to replace the existing National Convention Centre on Constitution Avenue since as early as 2008.

Mr Barr said the selection of the design was an important step in the development of the centre.
"The next step is for the winning architects to work with the ACT Government, industry and stakeholders to finalise a reference design and business case for the centre," he said.



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