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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

21 September 2005

Canberra's Academy of Science heritage listed

The Australian Academy of Science building – also known as the Shine Dome – is the first place in Canberra to be included on the National Heritage List, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, announced today.

Senator Campbell said the building combined a unique design with structural ingenuity and was an excellent example of twentieth century architecture.

“Designed in 1959, the copper clad dome is a great example of the more adventurous architectural feats of the twentieth century,” Senator Campbell said.

“The dome reflects the bold modernism of the era and the materials, geometry, structure, planning and sensitivity to the setting make the building rare for 1959.

“While much of Australia’s built environment is relatively new compared with Europe and Asia for example, we do have some outstanding buildings that should be recognised and preserved as part of our cultural heritage,” he said.

Senator Campbell said the construction of the Australian Academy of Science building was a significant technical achievement and a milestone in the Australian construction industry.

He said in addition to the National Heritage Listing, the Academy of Science had received numerous awards, and was one of seven projects the Royal Australian Institute of Architects has nominated to the World Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture.

The Academy of Science is one of four twentieth century buildings to be listed together on the National Heritage List. The other buildings are:

More than 100 places have been nominated to the new National Heritage List, including many natural, Indigenous and historic places. A total of 19 places have now been included on the National Heritage List.

For information on the National Heritage List visit

Media Contacts:
Renae Stoikos (Senator Campbell's office)  (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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