Architecture: Australia's Own Taj Mahal

It would be hubristic for any architect to expect a more spectacular site. Bennelong Point in Australia's Sydney Harbor is almost encircled by water. There is green parkland behind it, and to the west new skyscrapers and the arching, spidery profile of Harbor Bridge. Any structure built on the point would be thrust forward in a vast parenthesis of sea and air, displayed like sculpture on a plinth, and visible from almost every angle of the harbor. It would not be part of a street—not, therefore, "façade" architecture.

This, in the minds of the...

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