Friday, November 13, 2009

Henty House - Launceston

Architect: Peter Partridge - 1983
"The space ship has landed" - This is one of Launceston's best examples of Brutalist period architecture. It certainly creates an impact with it's bulk and stylized concrete textures. This period of architecture does what Art Deco did the period before; that is modern design principles in the name of progress. Although heritage should be protected and valued, it could be argued that we live in a period now where the built environment is "over protected" which in turn stifles modern and exciting designs. Instead we get a pastiche in many new buildings that attempt to look old, but are not true to their old attempted style, neither inspirational. Buildings such as Henty House are an inspiration to modernist design principles.

A Photographic essay on Henty House can be viewed by click here


  1. I agree, it's probably one of the best examples of Brutalist architecture unique to the Southern hemisphere. This in combination to the landscaping give it a feeling of nature as well as being well grounded in it's environment.

    1. Couldn't agree more! Thanks for stopping by :)


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