Mosque named in top 10 ‘most outstanding’ works of concrete

WHAT do Punchbowl Mosque, the Sydney Opera House and the High Court building in Canberra have in common?

They have all been named among the top 10 most outstanding concrete public architectural works of the past nine decades in Australia.
The publication of the Top 10 List marks the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the organisation that represents the heavy construction materials industry, Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia (CCAA).

The other structures in the Top 10 List are: the Australian Academy of Sciences’ Shine Dome in Canberra; Australia Square in Sydney, which was the country’s first ‘round’ skyscraper; the Gladesville Bridge in Sydney; James Cook University Library in Townsville; the Melbourne University Carpark; Victorian State Offices, also in Melbourne; and the Queensland Art Gallery, in Brisbane.
The Chief Executive Officer of CCAA, Ken Slattery, said the Top 10 List highlighted the aesthetic, environmental, and social contribution concrete has made, and continues to make, to Australia’s urban landscapes since the organisation began nine decades ago.
“Since 1929, Cement, Concrete & Aggregates Australia has promoted the inherent qualities, flexibility and sustainability of concrete as a building and construction material,” Mr Slattery said.
“To mark our 90th year, we embarked on a quest to find Australia’s most important and distinctive concrete public architectural landmarks, highlighting the central role that concrete has played in Australia’s urban landscape throughout the past nine decades.
“Some of the Top 10 structures sit in harmony with the landscape, while others are proudly uncompromising; some have brutalist, geometric composition while others have continuous free-flowing forms, but collectively, this list captures the limitless potential of concrete.”