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Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, Winton, Australia Cox Architecture

Australia Cox Architecture’s project, shortlisted for the WAF Culture Award, features red ochre walls that blend into the outback

Australian practice Cox Architecture designed this scheme pro bono for David and Judy Elliot, owners of a sheep farm who, to the astonishment
of the world of paleontology, uncovered largely intact dinosaur skeletons just under the surface of the plain. The design is part underground with topographical fragments rising out of the fissured flat eminence on which it is sited.

The experience for visitors will be of entering a crevasse and gradually emerging into the main display space. Constructed so far is the entrance building serving as a temporary museum with a bookshop, offices and dining areas. Built largely by volunteers, it is made of steel screens spanning tilt-up red ochre concrete walls cast against prepared ground. Because of its isolation there was not much choice about being made from the materials of the site.

CFJ_AAOD_046_300dpi_380At sunset the last rays of the sun seem to give the building an inner glow


WAF Preview Introduction

The fourth World Architecture Festival will take place 3-5 October 2012 in Singapore. For further information on the event, which features an extensive lecture programme, including a keynote address by Peter Buchanan, go to:

Read the WAF Preview Introduction

WAF Preview Case Studies

Shearer’s Quarters, John Wardle Architects

The Rock Stadium, MZ Architects

Gardens by the Bay, Grant Associates, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Atelier One, Atelier Ten, Land Design and Davis Langdon & Seah

Chasing Kitsune Food Truck, HASSELL Architects

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