|Announcing the winner of the design competition for new Parliament House. Photo: Kate Callas|
TWENTY-FIVE years. That's more than half my life.
Yes, Parliament House is 25 years old. Or, should that be young?
Buildings are stages for humanity. The best public buildings are practical and aesthetic. They must simultaneously anticipate future needs, contextually incorporate the past and compliment their natural or urban surroundings.
As we blow out the candles for Parliament House, it's fair to ask if it achieves this. For the most part, I'd say yes. But not fully.