Mid-Century Modernist Bus Tour: Grounds – Design Canberra Festival

Vasey Crescent (Grounds). Photo credit: LightStudies
Vasey Crescent (Grounds). Photo credit: LightStudies
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Mid-Century Modernist Bus Tour: Grounds

Grounds & Friends

Join renowned architecture enthusiast, Martin Miles on a bus tour around Canberra’s best architecture including mid-century modernist icons by Grounds and other architects.

Roy Grounds (1905-1981) was a renowned Victorian architect and a leader in Australia’s modern architecture movement. During his early career he spent some time working in the United States and England and after the war he was involved in setting up the curriculum for the School of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. Between 1953 and 1962, Grounds was part of the Grounds, Romberg and Boyd partnership, in which time he designed the Australian Academy of Science in Canberra.

This tour will pick-up and drop-off from the Corner of Parkes Pl W and Queen Elizabeth Terrace. After the tour, participants are invited to Sunday Sessions – music by local acts, a series of large-scale graphic interventions, and an award-winning architectural pop-up wine bar, the Pop Inn.

DESIGN Canberra acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional custodians of the ACT and surrounding areas. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. We aim to respect cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Indigenous people.