In 1980 Australia sponsored an international design competition for its new Parliament House. The 80-acre site in the heart of Canberra houses both legislative and executive branches and a staff of 3,500.
Drawing upon the historic concept of the city plan, using natural topography as a major design influence, the project erases the boundary between architecture and landscape. It merges built form with landform in a way that is at once natural and monumental, seeking a balance with the existing landscape and morphology of the city. The project includes a variety of formal and informal settings, including public and ceremonial areas befitting the country’s premiere home. With major portions of the building located underground, the landscape development required significant technical engineering and architectural coordination.