The Australian Centre on China in the World is located at the heart of the campus of The Australian National University. It looks north to Black Mountain and is enfurled by the ‘dragon vein’ of the university, Sullivan’s Creek. At a crossroads between the humanities and sciences, student accommodation and learning facilities the building features elements of both Australian and Chinese design. The Centre reflects aspects of the vernacular architecture of Australia while achieving a sympathetic engagement with the underlying design principles of the national capital as envisioned by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney over a century ago. It reinterprets, synthesises and transforms Chinese architectural forms and elements into language particular to its environment. The building was designed by Gerald Szeto 司徒佐 of Mo Atelier Szeto Architects, Beijing, in conjunction with the Canberra firm Munns Sly Moore and built by the construction company Hindmarsh.
Scenes at the Centre 中心十景
For further information on the building and some of its key features and highlights please click on one of the links below:
Scenes at the Centre (English, PDF, 1.6MB)
中心十景 (繁中, PDF, 1.5MB)
中心十景 (简中, PDF, 1.4MB)
Australian Institute of Architects awards for 2014
On Saturday 14 June 2014 the Australian Institute of Architects announced its list of ACT Architecture Awards for 2014. The China in the World Building was presented with the following awards:
Winner: Romaldo Giurgola Award for Public Architecture
Winner: Art in Architecture award
Commendation: INLITE Light in Architecture Prize
All projects receiving a named award or an architecture award progress to the 2014 National Architecture Awards, to be announced in Darwin on 6 November.