Architects condemn Parliament House fence plans

Parliament House. Pic: John Gollings

By Linda Cheng

This story first appeared in ArchitectureAu and appears here by kind permission.

The Australian government’s proposal to build a 2.6-metre high fence around the perimeter of Parliament House designed by Mitchell Giurgola and Thorp, 1988, has drawn the ire of Australia’s most eminent architects.

Ken Maher, national president of the Australian Institute of Architects was “deeply outraged” at the plans, which will restrict public access to the building’s grassy slopes.

He said the proposed fence “flies in the face of the design intent of the architect, the late Romaldo Giurgola.”

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