Shine Dome, Australian Academy
of Science, Canberra
One of the most memorable buildings in Canberra
must be the Australian Academy of Science’s building,
the Shine Dome, (formerly Becker House). When it was announced
during 1957 some members of the press described it as a “beehive
It was designed by Melbourne architect Roy Grounds, a partner
in the firm of Grounds, Romberg & Boyd. Grounds was famous
for his obsession with circular and triangular geometries.
The Academy was his first large-scale commission.
The building was constructed by Civil & Civic, and completed
in 1958. The structural engineers were W L Irwin & Associates.
The Governor-General, Sir William Slim, officially opened
it on 6 May 1959. The building went on to win the Sulman Medal
for 1959 and then the Canberra Medallion for 1961.
The building was renamed the Shine Dome in 2001 after it
was renovated with support from Professor John Shine and
the Federation Fund.
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