Our favourite buildings across Australia
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but these buildings are known for being striking for a reason: because the vast majority of people agree that they are appealing to the eye. So we’ve compiled a list of our favourite buildings from across Australia. From neo-Gothic architecture in Adelaide to ultra-modern paper bag buildings, there’s something for everyone! We hope you agree that these are definitely some of the most stunning architectural feats that make our nation more beautiful.
Flinders Street Station
A Melbourne Icon, the bright yellow Flinders Street Station, was the first railway station built in an Australian city and was inspired by the French Renaissance period. The green dome is called ‘Green Light’ and the famous clocks, referenced in the Melbourne idiom ‘I’ll meet you under the clocks’, date back to the 1860s.
Located in Port Macquarie, NSW, this gorgeous entertainment venue has been awarded the best building in regional Australia, which shouldn’t be a surprise considering its soft curves and stunning timber interiors.
Sidney Myer Music Bowl
While not technically a building, the Music Bowl is often cited as one of the most beautiful structures in Australia due to its seamless integration into the land around it. As an added bonus, the way it rises out of the grass only serves to highlight the stunning skyline behind it.
Perched on the bustling corner of King William St and Rundle Street in Adelaide, the neo-Gothic-inspired Beehive Corner is home to Haigh’s Chocolates. Despite only being a few levels tall, it’s a striking building that is identifiable by a prominent tourelle bearing its name and is a popular meeting spot for Adelaideans venturing into town.
The UTS Paper Bag
The Dr Chau Chak Wing, fondly known as the ‘Paper Bag’ building was inspired by the folds you see in skin and clothing according to its architect, the world renowned Frank Gehry. He said it was designed to allow for room in changes or movement and many of the classrooms are oval to encourage discussion.
Indiana Tea Rooms
Cottesloe Beach, in Perth Western Australia, often makes top ten most beautiful beach lists around the globe and for good reason: the sand is pristine, the water blue and the waves draw surfers from around the world. But we’re not here to talk about the beach! The Indiana Tea Rooms takes its name from the ice cream parlour that originally operated in the current building’s location in the 1910’s. The building we see today was built in the 1960s and is home to a restaurant, fish and chip shop and a function room.
Sydney Opera House
No list would be complete without our national icon. One of the most recognisable buildings in the world, the Opera House is regularly praised for its gorgeous sail design that perfectly complements its blue water surrounds. In 2007, it was officially granted status as a UNESCO World Heritage site.