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Government Architecture : Building

Major Architectural Projects from around the World

post updated 6 November 2021


Government Buildings

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Government Architecture. We cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across the world. The focus is on contemporary Government buildings but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

Recent Government Building

Dandenong Government Services Offices, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Design: HASSELL Architects
Dandenong Government Services Offices
photograph : Peter Bennetts
Dandenong Government Services Offices – 5 Oct 2012
The Government Services Offices development is one of the key projects of the Revitalising Central Dandenong initiative, a major urban renewal project being led by Places Victoria and the Victorian State Government. Developed and built by Grocon, the challenge of this landmark development was to create a high standard of urban design and quality workplace in this outer-suburban region, and to assist in the rebirth of the precinct as a major mixed-use activity centre.

OAC Girona, Catalunya, Spain
Architects: raichdelrio estudi d’arquitectura. arichtecture & urbanism works. miquel del río & lluís raich
OAC Girona offices - Government Buildings
photo : Santiago Garcés
OAC Girona – 9 Nov 2010
Doing an attention model based on the suppression of barriers between worker and citizen. Rethinking how to serve the citizen in all the fields: circulations, attention surfaces, computers, waiting areas. Qualifying the working place and at the same time offering a citizen-friendly space. Facing the diversification of offices in the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan government), the model creates a strong unique image for all the offices. This offices will have to seek for the citizen contact, calling it to participate in the interior and making its activity visible from the exterior always that it’s possible.

Government Building Designs

Key Government Building Projects, alphabetical:

New General Building of Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France
Date built: 2008
Design: Art & Build Architect
Council of Europe Strasbourg
photo from architects
Council of Europe Strasbourg

Scottish Executive, Edinburgh, Scotland
Date built: 1996
Design: RMJM Architects
Scottish Government Buildings Leith
photograph © Jason Baxter
Scottish Executive Building
Now titled Scottish Government Building
The Scottish Executive – formerly the Scottish Office – is a solid building in symmetrical three-storey shape possibly to recall warehouse that existed previously on the site, though one suspects the shape was highly cost-efficient; interesting sandblasted sculpture/screen at back of entrance hall, two atria to each side.
Victoria Quay is located in the centre of a huge redevelopment area mostly owned by Forth Ports. The building was opened on 1 Jul 1996 by HM Queen Elizabeth II. The Victoria Quay building has 35,000 sqm of accommodation on four floors and is 250m long.

More Government Building projects online soon

Government Developments – no images, alphabetical:

Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Date built: 1984
Design: Henning Larsen

UN Building, New York, USA
Date built: 1953
Design: Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer, Sir Howard Robertson with Harrison & Abramovitz Architects
UN Building New York (not governmental but related)

Parliament Buildings
Albanian Parliament Building - Government Buildings

Government Office Buildings for the Northeast, Newcastle, England

Newcastle offices Government Buildings
building picture © Adrian Welch
Government office building

Key Parliament Buildings

New Zealand Parliament Building
New Zealand Parliament Building
photo © Adrian Welch

Houses of Parliament London
Houses of Parliament London
image © webbaviation

Scottish Parliament Building
Scottish Parliament Building
photograph © Keith Hunter

Contemporary Architectural Designs

Town Hall Buildings

Library Buildings

Office Buildings

Buildings / photos for the Contemporary Government Architecture page welcome