Australia's National Archives Preservation Facility Has a Sharp Facade

 - Jun 21, 2017
References: archdaily
Archival storage buildings are typically only exciting for people questing to uncover the location of the Declaration of Independence, but it doesn't take Nicholas Cage to find something interesting in Australia's new National Archive Preservation Facility.

The archives, which were designed by May + Russell architects, don't look like what one would expect from a building designed to store old documents. Rather than a bland industrial look, the National Archive Preservation Facility is covered in an interesting, angular facade that looks almost like boxes being opened and closed — a fitting image considering the objects inside.

The archives held in the NAPF include over 15 million paper and audio visual records. With such a massive wealth of documents, the building's architects were concerned with expressing the passage of time wherever possible in and around the building.