Phillip Leeson Architects, Chowne Street House. Photo: LightStudies

Having a moment: mid-century modern design

Characterised by simple shapes, geometric forms, pops of colour, and clean lines, mid-century modern style is a favourite among design lovers everywhere. With timeless appeal, this popular minimalist movement will be celebrated at the 2018 DESIGN Canberra festival.

Get your mid-century modern design fix at the following events:

Mid Century Modern Architecture Tours

Back by popular demand, the mid-century modern architecture bus tours are a chance to go behind the scenes of the most acclaimed modernist buildings in Canberra. The bus tours will be presented by local architecture enthusiast and author of Canberra House, Martin Miles.

Mid Century Modern Tour #1 – Post-War Design Comes to Canberra

You will visit three residential examples of post-war international and organic architecture, whose geometric influences come from Europe and the United States.

When: 10 November | Time: 9:00am-12:45pm

Where: Civic Square bus stop, 180 London Circuit, Canberra ACT | Cost: $75.00

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Mid Century Modern Tour #2 – Enrico Taglietti and the ‘Invisible City’

You will visit three examples of Enrico Taglietti’s sculptural architecture in a residential setting. They highlight some of the themes and elements present throughout his long and illustrious career.


Mid Century Modern Tour #3 – Use and Re-Use

You will visit mid-century houses, an embassy and a church, with a focus on the future of mid-century design. How are designs being adapted to accommodate our current lifestyles?

When: 24 November | Time: 9:00am-12:45pm

Where: Civic Square bus stop, 180 London Circuit, Canberra ACT | Cost: $75.00

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Living Rooms: Taglietti

You will explore the interior of some of architect Enrico Taglietti’s most iconic buildings.

Details of locations will be released soon.

When: 18 November | Time: 11:00am-5:00pm | Where: Various locations | Cost: Free

Living Rooms is proudly supported by holly and Rolfe Classic BMW, presented in association with The Embassy of Italy’s Settimana Vivere all’Italiana, ‘the week of the Italian way of life’.

Australian Institute of Architects Walking Tour: Subtle Geometries, Decisive Futures

Join ANU Heritage Advisor/Creative Director of Canberra Modern on a free walking tour of numerous wonderful buildings within the ANU where you will see how modernist architects created form and order within a new city.

When: 25 November | Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Where: Meet at the front entrance of University House, ANU at 1:45pm | Cost: Free (bookings essential)

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