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HMAS Harman – DNOC, Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn Architects

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The new Defence Network Operations Centre on HMAS Harman is an 80-metre-long, essentially windowless building operating in high security and partly hidden by sloping land. It could have been a monstrous imposition on the landscape, but instead the use of Colorbond on both roof and walls, with a tapered form and muted palette, is cost-effective and elegant. The building’s profile terminates in thin elements which appear to hover above the ground plane, providing a delicacy belying its scale.

Elevations alternate between horizontal and vertical panels. These give it a sensitivity to the surrounding landscape by harmonious opposition, something not normally seen in such a pragmatic military building.


Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn
Kingston, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Project Team
Daryl Jackson, Alastair Swayn, Robert Costello, Barbara Bagot, Martin Osolnik, Nadine Pruckner, Tom Bomford, Neil Lloyd-Shephard, Nabil Adhami
Acoustic consultant Bassett Consulting Engineers
Civil consultant Bill Guy & Partners
Communications consultant AntiCom
Fire engineer Fire Safety Science
Hydraulic consultant Tennant Hydraulic Consulting Services
Interior designer Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn—Sally Hieatt, Annette de la Rue
Landscape consultant JEA Landscape
Mechanical, electrical and environmental consultant Bassett Consulting Engineers
Project manager Construction Control
Quantity surveyor Property Concepts
Security consultant GHD Canberra
Structural consultant AWT Consulting Engineers
Site details
Category Commercial / public buildings
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 1 Nov 2004


Architecture Australia, November 2004

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