Canberra Glassworks


  • Heritage
  • Public

Canberra ACT

Arts ACT


The Canberra Glassworks is an adaptation of the former Kingston Powerhouse, Canberra’s oldest permanent building. With a prominent position in the Kingston Foreshore redevelopment on the southern edge of Lake Burley Griffin, the building is now an access centre for glass artists.

Public facilities include a gallery space, retail shop and cafe. The centre allows for public interaction with a mezzanine level and tiered seating performance area, allowing public viewing of the working studios. An innovative design solution has been developed that meets the functional requirements of a glass centre, within the constraints of an existing building.

Sustainable environmental design principles include capturing the waste heat from glass furnaces for building services, passive heating and cooling systems (including geothermal), advanced daylight capture, and waste water and storm water reuse.