|Don College is one of Tasmania's largest and most significant Brutalist period buildings. The staircases create a fortified fortress feel to the design.|
This school is one of Tasmania's largest examples of Brutalist architecture and is one of the best to be found in Tasmania. Don College was constructed during the early 1970s, and many other fine examples of Brutalism were emerging in the 60s and 70s in Tasmania including Rosny College, Hobart, Henty House Government Offices in Launceston, Reece House Government Offices in Burnie, City Block in Launceston and 10 Murray Street Government Offices in Hobart.
As you walk down off the main road, and down a series of stairs into Don College, the sheer size and impressive dominance of Don College greets you. There are so many wonderful geometric angles and different textures of concrete patterning that are synonymous with Brustlist design.
There are several staircases that are able to be viewed externally, allowing the sharp geometric lines of the facade to be broken by the sweeping spiralling pattern of the staircases.. This is one impressive example of Brutalism and I urge anyone with an interest in Modernist 20th Century architecture when visiting the region to check it out.
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