Mark A-to-Z: G is for Gold

Mark A-to-Z: G is for Gold

Who could resist the allure of a gold-encrusted building? Ever since the Egyptians gilded the ancient temples – and with a particularly strong revival in the Byzantine churches – gold leaf has made an appearance in the built environment. Nowadays, it’s more likely that a more cost-effective metal alloy will be seizing the day but that doesn’t make it any less dazzling to the eyes. There’s a distinct possibility that this shiny, metallic gesture isn’t used often enough within architecture, so as a special treat, we bring you five projects that make magpies of us all. It might not be the real thing but we won’t tell if you won’t.

Ngoolark Student Centre by JCY Architects

Photo and lead image Peter Bennetts / Rob Ramsay

PERTH – Edith Cowan University is home to a new student services centre inspired by the endangered Carnaby cockatoo in Western Australia. Given the name Ngoolark by the local Aboriginal people, the building takes flight with its striking architecture, designed by Australian architecture firm JCY.


Ragnarock Museum by Cobe and MVRDV
Photo Rasmus Hjortsh

ROSKILDE – The new museum for rock, pop and youth culture is a building which stands out. Situated on top of an old warehouse of the former concrete factory Unicon, Ragnarock is part of a masterplan to transform the derelict site into a creative neighbourhood and symbol of rock music.


Palace of Versailles by Dominique Perrault Architecture
Photo André Morin

VERSAILLES – The Palace of Versailles has undergone refurbishment. As usual, when cultural institutions get a makeover, the emphasis is on service facilities and additional revenue bringers, like a museum shop and restaurant. It is hard to imagine that there is anything that can add to the glamour of Versailles – let alone that it could be service facilities.


Solar Egg by Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström
Photo Jean-Baptiste Béranger

KIRUNA – An egg-shaped sauna is making an impression on the local people of Sweden’s northern-most town. With room for up to eight people, the metallic installation has been constructed courtesy of artistic duo Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström.


Faculty of Health by Woods Bagot
Photo Peter Bennetts

MELBOURNE – Global firm Woods Bagot has recently completed a commission from Melbourne’s Deakin University to design a new research facility for the Faculty of Health that additionally accommodates support and administrative tasks.

You can see all of our gold projects online here.

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