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The Shine Dome

Aerial Shine Dome_May 2015_credit Adi Chopra
Aerial Shine Dome May 2015 credit Adi Chopra

The Australian Academy of Science's Shine Dome and its custom-designed furniture were created to reflect the inquiring and innovative nature of science. It was the first Canberra building to be added to the National Heritage List, for its historical and architectural significance.

A Canberra landmark since its construction in 1959, the Shine Dome has received numerous awards and is one of seven projects the Royal Australian Institute of Architects has nominated to the World Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture.

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Over the decades, the Dome has captured imaginations and inspired the authorship of a number of memoirs. A big bold simple concept was commissioned for the 50th anniversary of the Dome's construction. It documents the design and construction of the Academy’s dome-shaped building in Canberra. In 1999, the Academy's first executive secretary, Jack Deeble, spoke with the late Professor Frank Fenner in 1999 about the design and construction of the Dome.

Sir Otto Frankel, who was on both the design and building committees for the Dome, wrote a personal memoir in 1970. The Dome also features in Sir Otto's biographical memoir about the Dome's architect, Sir Roy Grounds.