Australian Architecture: 5 Memorable Buildings

Although far away from Europe, Australia keeps its memory very much alive in its architecture. Enjoy the Australian Architecture with us!

In some of the country’s biggest and busiest cities, you can see references of Colonial, Gothic, and even Classicist architecture, as well as some of the most impressive buildings of our time. Today, we’re taking a look at some Australian architecture and telling you why you shouldn’t miss seeing them when you next visit Oceania.


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1. Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House is undoubtedly Australia’s most famous building. It was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. The multipurpose arena was officially opened in 1973 after construction began in 1958. Currently, the building is regarded as one of the most iconic structures of the 20th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  


2. Q1

With a height of 1,058 ft (322 metres), Q1, or Queensland Number One, is Australia’s tallest building. Inspired by the Olympic Torch of 2000, Q1 is the world’s 7th tallest residential building designed by SDG & The Buchan Group!


3. Royal Exhibition Building

As the oldest building on our list, and one of the most beautiful, the Royal Exhibition Building was completed in 1880 to host the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880–81. After being restored twice, it was the first building in Australia to obtain World Heritage status from UNESCO.


4. Federation Square

One of the items on our list that can be used in a variety of ways is the Federation Square. The venue was built for a variety of purposes, including art, culture, and events for the public. The main geometric building is easy to see from the street, and there are many cafés, bars, and restaurants if you wish to stop by.  


5. 120 Collins Street

The architectural firm Hassell designed 120 Collins Street with Daryl Jackson. The postmodern building at 120 Collins Street pays homage to two of New York’s most famous arts and crafts buildings, the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.


Bonus Tip: Parliament House

Parliament House was built in Australia’s capital, Canberra, by Mitchell/Giurgola & Thorp Architects and opened to the public on 9 May 1988 as part of a ceremony led by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia. Many parts of Parliament House are open to the public, and the building even has 4,700 rooms!


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