LANDSCAPE IS THE DOMINANT THING, IT ALWAYS HAS BEEN"
Cox is a Sydney based architect, who established his practice, Phillip
Cox and Associates, in 1967. Cox has been described as positive
aggressive and a battler, and his work has been described as a commitment
to an 'Australianness in design'. Some of his better known projects
include the Market Three Campus for the New South Wales Institute
of Technology, Haymarket, Sydney, 1980; the Yulara Tourist Village,
Ayers Rock, N.T., 1982 ,The Melbourne Tennis Centre and three of
the buildings in the Darling Harbour Redevelopment Project. We asked
Phillip Cox to comment of the "Australianness" of architecture
in this country and the future of Australian building designs.
is an Australian style of architecture that has been developing
since 26th January 1788. It has always been a reaction to the climate,
the landscape and the society which has created it. Although then
genesis might have been entirely European or Anglo-Celtic, the day
the first buildings went up they could not help but be affected
by the geographic conditions. Aboriginal structures were also part
of that influence. Although the traditional histories of Australian
architecture deny that the aborigines had very much influence, you
only have to look at the earliest structures that were made of bark
and rush; they were very much the types of buildings around the
harbour in the early days.