Institute of Anatomy, Canberra
The former Institute of Anatomy (now ScreenSound
Australia) must be one of Australia’s finest Inter War
Stripped Classical style buildings, overlain with an extensive
program of Art Deco derived embellishments.
The building was designed by W Hayward Morris with the assistance
of Robert Casboulte and completed in 1930. It is very formal
indeed, the well-proportioned main façade comprising
a central projecting porch with fluted giant order columns,
gently curved on one side, symmetrically flanked by rows of
windows separated by fluted pilasters and terminated by blank
expanses of wall.
The exterior is clad in sandstone. The interior is no less
formal, the major spaces being two double height exhibition
halls on either side of a spacious vestibule. The courtyard
became a quadrangle in 1999 with the construction of the very
respectful and self-effacing section of the building that
faces Liversidge Street, which was designed by GHD Architects.
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