Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Telstra Exchange Building

The Telstra Exchange Building of Launceston was built in the 1960s/70s and has many interesting features. The main entrance (pictured) has many classic elements from this period. Although the use of aluminum windows may not be thought about much these days, a look back at architecture magazines from the period show many advertisements showcasing aluminum as a modern and sleek design of the future. Prior to this the use of steel frame windows was common, but the use of aluminum after the war made financial sense. The symettry in the the front entrance very apparent though the windows and the staircase on it's upward angle with its steel balustrades. Moving to the North facing side there are a series of windows, whilst on the Western facade the use of concrete combined with red brick break the buildings dominant use of red brick.

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