Urban Sketchers at the Shine Dome

Our urban sketching group met today to sketch at the Shine Dome, home of the Australian Academy of Science and one of the modernist masterpieces of this country. Designed by Roy Grounds and completed in 1958, the building is often referred to by it’s nickname as the ‘Martian Embassy ‘.

Behind the Shine Dome is a more recent edition to the Canberra skyline. The Nishi Building, 2015, with it’s green wall, includes offices and commercial space and incorporates, on the right, Hotel Hotel. This complex was designed by Fender Katsiladis Architects and March Studio, and landscape architects Oculus.

Watercolour, pencil

5 Comments

      1. Great talk! I don’t think people generally think about their surroundings. I’m mortified as an area I’ve been drawing on here for some time has now become a car park. It also annoys me that people who ‘love history’ and ‘old buildings’ can’t see that history goes right up to the present moment and we need to value and respect the recent history too!

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