Qantas House : An Iconic Building Of Post War International Style

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Qantas House is one of an iconic building of Post-War International Style in Sydney. This masterpiece was designed in 1950, and completed in 1957, by an architect called Felix Tavener of Rudder Littlemore & Rudder, Architects. According to NSW Environment & Heritage, Qantas House is a representative building of the latest technology and urbanised design in Sydney which also showed the ‘moderate’ transitional aspects of 1930s European modernism. It is also a main defining urban space of Chifley Square2.
This building is located at the conjunction of 68-96 Hunter Street in Sydney and Phillip Street, and Elizabeth Street (as shown in Figure 1). It is historically significant as the first headquarter of Qantas Airway, at the time Australia’s only, government owned, international airline. 28th October 1957 is the date of opening of Qantas House, proudly by Prime Minister Robert Menzies2.It was initially called “Qantas House” because it was Qantas Airways first headquarters in the 1950s. Qantas House considered as a vital iconic landmark in the development of modern commercial building in Australia. It is also one of the last multi-storey buildings in Sydney that was designed prior to the modification of the Heights of Building Act. It was then renamed as “No.1 Chifley Square” after Qantas Airways moved the headquarter to Mascot which the location is nearer to Sydney Airport with a bigger space. Qantas House is still commercially used today by different companies. The building is…

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