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Unreservedly Modern

The Reserve Bank of Australia Building

The construction of a new head office building for the Reserve Bank of Australia presented a valuable opportunity to express the Bank’s identity, purpose and values. The Bank’s approach to this enterprise was informed by modernist principles, and resulted in the creation of a nationally significant building that united architecture, art, interior design and graphic design.

A poster produced by the Bank showing a mother and her family with the slogan '
                                 Liberty Loan - we dare not fail'

The Significance of Martin Place

The Bank’s position at the junction of Martin Place and Macquarie Street borrows symbolic associations from both places.

A poster produced by the Bank showing a mother and her family with the slogan '
                                     Liberty Loan - we dare not fail'

A Modern Building

The new building incorporated high quality Australian materials, fine craftsmanship and state of the art technical systems. It also introduced a new architectural language to Martin Place.

A wartime poster explaining inflation - 'Inflation: prices go up, then people buy less, business slumps, people lose jobs'

International Style

The building’s architectural character relates to the International Style, derived partly from the philosophy of the Bauhaus - the German school of architecture and the arts.

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