Cameron Offices Belconnen, Canberra (ACT)
Imminent risk of destruction. Demolition has commenced. No solution
The Cameron office complex, an architectural
icon of the Canberra suburb, Belconnen, is a major building complex by internationally renowned Australian architect John Andrews. Built
of concrete and glass it is an excellent example of Brutalist architecture. Its low rise rectangular form with intervening courtyards each
with individual themes established a new design philosophy for office buildings which influenced Canberra’s planners. The building is one of
the few places on the Union of International Architects International Heritage Register.
The original complex consisted of nine parallel office wings running east west. Two wings have
already been demolished and five wings are under threat of demolition. The current plan is to retain only two of the original nine wings.
It was listed on the Register of the National Estate in 1999 and is on the Royal Australian Institute of Architects National Register of
Significant 20th Century Architecture.
In addition to its architectural significance, the building has social and historical importance
and should be listed on the National Heritage list and managed appropriately.