Repost this day in 2019: The sunken offices at the back of the #ParliamentOfVictoria by @peterelliott.architects are very nice and a good solution to the space issue and you can hardly see it from the street anyway but of course I think my plan would have been better, if a little more expensive. Finish the side wings (using computer made cast artificial stone), put the parking under the back lawn (it’s still at ground level !) then make what is now a huge hidden garden a public one. Would have been worth the extra $. And maybe in the process build some kind of modern dome, with a lookout ?
Before this was built I actually had an email conversation with Lib MP #BruceAtkinson, who seemed to be in charge of the parliament building, who says they wouldn’t be building the wings because it couldn’t be done properly (!) even after I sent him photos of various huge classical buildings recently finished off in the US using cast stone. I guess I’m being a bit old school wanting to finish the damn thing, but I thought opening up the garden would be a good justification.